As for issues, “The twelve Republicans are running against President Obama and the Democrats in congress,” says public affairs executive Hayes Dent.
Of interest, none of the politicos identified with state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R), who narrowly lost a primary challenge to US Sen. Thad Cochran (R) last year, entered the race. Moreover, so far, McDaniel’s United Conservatives Fund has not endorsed a candidate.
Insiders are reluctant to name the favorites in the race. “No one has really broken out,” says Dent, who notes that the race “may be more interesting in the runoff.” “It’s hard to say who are the frontrunners,” says a political consultant. “It’s anybody’s race,” says another consultant.
Southern Political Report