Trump And Moore Wins might Push Chris McDaniel Toward Another Run For Senate In Mississippi

Chris McDaniel is keeping a close eye on the U.S. Senate race in neighboring Alabama as he mulls whether to mount his own Trump-style bid to challenge Sen. Roger F. Wicker in the Republican primary in Mississippi next year.

Sitting in his law office in Laurel, Mr. McDaniel, a state senator, said the political environment is “10 times better” for a candidate in his mold than it was three years ago, when he nearly toppled Sen. Thad Cochran, a six-term senator, in an ugly primary battle.

Since then, Donald Trump’s stunning presidential victory and Alabama Republican Roy Moore’s bid for a Senate seat have told Mr. McDaniel that the Washington establishment is still missing what the voters are saying.

Ford O’Connell, a Republican Party strategist who worked on John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, doubted whether the Alabama election will have implications for other insurgents. He said Mr. Moore had 30 years of name ID and a loyal band of followers.

“And, frankly, when you are an insurgent candidate, you just can’t buy that support,” Mr. O’Connell said. “In Mississippi, if Wicker decides he wants to run for re-election, and I have no reason to believe he doesn’t, the establishment old guard in that state knows how to circle the wagons and protect their guy. See Thad Cochran.”

Read more from Seth McLaughlin at The Washington Times

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