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Will Mississippi Make History With Its First Woman U.S. Senator?

Will Mississippi Make History With Its First Woman U.S. Senator?

Cindy Hyde-Smith. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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Monday, 05 March 2018 10:11 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Within an hour of the news Monday afternoon that ailing Sen. Thad Cochran (R.-Miss.) planned to resign his seat April 1 speculation started over who Republican Gov. Phil Bryant would appoint to replace him.

While several familiar names were being floated—including that of Bryant, through self-appointment—the earliest interest among Republican activists in the Magnolia State was for State Commissioner of Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith.

A former state senator and fourth-generation family farmer, Hyde-Smith is considered a strong conservative.  Moreover, her appointment would be genuinely historic since Mississippi is the lone state that has never had a woman as governor or senator or in the U.S. House.

"Cindy is a popular and outstanding Republican with a proven ability to win statewide and a strong appeal in rural Mississippi,” Ken Stribling, a former Mississippi state legislator and Republican activist told Newsmax, “She would be a great choice but there are many great choices on the vast Republican bench in this reddest of red states. It is indeed the best of times here.”

Other Republicans mentioned for the appointment include three of Hyde-Smith’s statewide office-holders: Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, and State Auditor Stacey Pickering.  Also mentioned is State House Speaker Philip Gunn.

State Sen. Chris McDaniel, who narrowly lost a primary challenge to Cochran in 2014, announced last week he would run in the primary this year against Republican Sen. Roger Wicker. Following Cochran’s announcement, McDaniel indicated he planned to stay in the race against Wicker but did not rule out switching to the special election for the state’s soon-to-be-open seat. 

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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Within an hour of the news Monday afternoon that ailing Sen. Thad Cochran (R.-Miss.) planned to resign his seat April 1 than speculation started over who Republican Gov. Phil Bryant would appoint to replace him.
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