The Sun Herald, 11/26/7

U.S. Sen. Trent Lott’s announcement that he will retire at the end of the year caught even GOP political insiders – who got the news Sunday night about his Monday announcement – off guard and would indicate Lott has not chosen an heir apparent for his seat.

On the Democratic side, former Govs. Ronnie Musgrove and Ray Mabus and former Attorney General Mike Moore are considered possible candidates, although Moore recently denied senatorial aspirations when it was thought Cochran might retire and Mabus has kept an extremely low political profile, saying he just wants to spend time with his children.

On the GOP side, U.S. Reps. Chip Pickering and Roger Wicker are considered the most likely contenders.