“For those around here, Roger Wicker is strong,” said state Rep. Jody Steverson, R-Ripley. “…Chris McDaniel would be a strong candidate, and I like Chis as much as a member of the (Mississippi) House can like someone from the Senate.’
“I just don’t see anybody” beating Wicker.
But McDaniel said that the two candidates who won the most votes in the 2016 presidential primary in Mississippi were Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
“That is my base, the people with whom I identify and the people with whom I have the most in common,” McDaniel said. McDaniel believes he can score points against Wicker as he did against Cochran by portraying him as not conservative enough and part of the Washington, D.C., establishment.