Unless there is a last minute entry today in the Republican Primary, the candidates vying for the GOP nomination for U.S. senator on June 3 will be Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel.
Cochran is as well known as a candidate for statewide office could hope to be. Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1972, he became the first Republican in more than 100 years to win a statewide election in Mississippi when he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1978.
McDaniel, the challenger, is serving his second term in the state Senate.
In terms of resumes, there is no contest.
So McDaniel is trying to turn Cochran’s congressional record into a disadvantage.
Of particular interest to South Mississippians should be McDaniel’s odd evaluation of Cochran’s support for federal disaster relief following Hurricane Katrina.