Former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers of Booneville says he will discuss with his family during the Christmas holiday season the possibility of running for the U.S. Senate next year.
Childers, a Democrat, had indicated he was more interested in running if Thad Cochran, the Republican incumbent senator, did not seek a seventh term.
Earlier this month, Cochran confirmed that he would run again. He is being challenged in the June Republican primary by state Sen. Chris McDaniel of Ellisville, who has the backing of many national Tea Party-affiliated groups.
“As I said before, I would be less apt to run if Senator Cochran runs,” Childers told the Daily Journal. “However, I just have not made a decision.”
Childers said he plans to discuss a possible race with his family during the holidays “because it affects your whole family. But I still think there is room in the middle for a commonsense Mississippian who wants what is best for Mississippi over politics.