As had been rumored for a long-time, Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) announced his resignation effective April 1.
That means the Governor, Republican Phil Bryant, will appoint an interim Senator to serve until a Special Election in November. The winner in November will serve the rest of Cochran’s term and then run again in 2020.
With this new development, Mississippi and Minnesota will both have a pair of US Senate elections in the fall. Depending upon whom the Governor appoints, conservative activist Chris McDaniel may decide to run for this seat rather than challenge Senator Roger Wicker.