Mississippi Gov. appoints Cindy Hyde-Smith to vacant Senate seat

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But he's throwing his hat back in the ring for Cochran's seat. Hyde-Smith, 58, would be the first woman to represent MS in Congress.

The retirement of longtime and powerful senator Thad Cochran has set up a showdown in MS over who will take his spot. Chris McDaniel and Democrats who would like to nab a MS senate seat as part of an effort to overturn a slim GOP majority. She beat Democratic opponents even more easily in the 2011 and 2015 general elections.

A former Democrat who served in the state legislature before being elected to head the agriculture and commerce panel in 2011, Hyde-Smith will be the first woman to represent MS in the Senate.

When Cochran, 80, announced his resignation March 5, there were numerous Republicans reported as possible contenders for the appointment.

When Cindy Hyde-Smith, now the state's agriculture commissioner, is sworn in as a Republican senator next month, her presence will increase the number of women in the upper chamber of Congress to 23, a new record.

With a campaign that will stretch until November, Hyde-Smith says she's ready. Roger Wicker, R-Miss.

"Cindy has always been a people person, has always wanted to help and do for everybody", Lowe, 67, said Wednesday outside a former train depot in downtown Brookhaven, where more the 200 people gathered for the Senate announcement.

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Bryant has said he believes the president will campaign for Hyde-Smith in the special election, which could attract several candidates.

The view in McConnell's orbit is that Bryant would have been the mainstream Republican best-equipped to defeat McDaniel - by far. Although it is a deeply conservative state, Democrats are hoping to capitalize on divisions among Republicans in hopes of winning a November 27 runoff, if there is one. "Now it's up to him to elect her". There's also a potentially viable Democrat in the race. "Her service as the Co-chairman of the Agriculture Policy Advisory Council for President Donald Trump has been instrumental in ensuring MS farmers and ranchers a voice during key decision making". "Now, they are going to appoint one in MS", he continued. In late February, however, Democrat David Baria entered the Senate race against whoever emerges from the battle between Wicker and McDaniel.

Hyde-Smith, considered a strong conservative will replace Sen. Earlier this year, he announced he would challenge Sen.

McDaniel's campaign released an open letter to Trump on Wednesday morning from an assortment of Republican officials, encouraging the president to avoid an endorsement of Hyde-Smith. This trend is expected to continue for the upcoming midterm elections. She voted like a Democrat. Chris McDaniel came within an eyelash of unseating Cochran in the Republican run-off. Thad Cochran. Hyde-Smith switched parties in 2010 while serving in the state Senate.

MS has an enduring reputation as one of the most conservative states in the nation.

McDaniel charged that "the DC establishment would rather let a Democrat have the seat than let a conservative win".