A former Republican House candidate is switching parties to run as a Democrat against Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), he announced Friday.
Bill Marcy told the Associated Press that he plans to file papers to run on Wednesday, making him the first Democrat in the race.
But he plans to stick to his conservative positions on the issues and is running as a Democrat to give voters a “Plan B” if Cochran’s conservative primary challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, doesn’t succeed in defeating the senator.
Marcy lost two races against Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), in 2010 and 2012, but said he believes he could be successful in the Senate race by drawing support from a coalition of black voters and Tea Party voters.