McDaniel, possible U.S. Senate challenger, sets event on Wednesday

Published 4:40 pm Monday, February 26, 2018

JACKSON (AP) — A lawmaker who lost a bitter race against one of Mississippi’s two U.S. senators will announce this week whether he will run against the other senator.

Republican state Sen. Chris McDaniel has said he might challenge Sen. Roger Wicker in the GOP primary.

Republican strategist Rick Tyler says McDaniel will hold an event Wednesday in his hometown of Ellisville, a day before the qualifying deadline, to clarify his intentions.

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McDaniel never conceded his 2014 Republican primary loss to Sen. Thad Cochran.

The race grabbed national attention after a McDaniel supporter entered a nursing home without permission and photographed Cochran’s wife, who was bedridden with dementia. Images of her appeared briefly online. McDaniel said he had no connection to the incident.