“It’s a little bit unusual for somebody in the same party to run against somebody who’s viewed as a legend,” explained Barbour.
Public opinion following the government shutdown is part of what McDaniel is capitalizing on. Tea Party members backing him, say they want a Washington shake-up.
“Let me tell you something about Mississippians. Mississippians have come awake. They have now realized and more and more they’re realizing the bum deal they’ve been getting from the GOP,” said Tea Party member Roy Nicholson.
Still, Barbour isn’t convinced McDaniel is ready.
“Senator McDaniel is ineffective in the state senate and not really able to get much accomplished in the state senate. So it’s hard to think why he deserves to be promoted,” said Barbour.