Senate race could draw Dems from region

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran has said he will decide by the end of this month whether he will seek re-election next year.

While most of the attention has focused on his already-announced Republican challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, and other Republicans who might run if Cochran bows out, Democrats will likely field one or more candidates if Mississippi’s senior senator retires.

Several of the Democrats mentioned as possible candidates in the event Cochran doesn’t run are Northeast Mississippi politicians – Attorney General Jim Hood of Houston, Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley of Nettleton and former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers of Booneville.

Any or all would enter as underdogs in a state that has established itself in recent years as solidly Republican.

Daily Journal
11/24