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5 candidates now in special U.S. Senate race in Mississippi

Two more people filed Monday to run in a special U.S. Senate election in Mississippi, bringing the field of candidates to five.

Posted: Apr 23, 2018 6:42 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two more people filed Monday to run in a special U.S. Senate election in Mississippi, bringing the field of candidates to five.

One candidate filing Monday was state lawmaker Chris McDaniel of Ellisville, who lost a bitter 2014 Republican primary to longtime Sen. Thad Cochran and had already announced that he intended to run for the seat that Cochran left vacant. Cochran, 80, retired April 1, citing health concerns.

The other was Tobey Bartee of Gautier, who had not previously announced for the Senate race and did not immediately respond to a phone message.

Gov. Phil Bryant appointed Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith of Brookhaven, who was in her second term as Mississippi agriculture commissioner, to temporarily fill the Senate seat. She was sworn in April 9.

Hyde-Smith qualified last week for the special election, as did two Democrats — former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy of Ridgeland and Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton.

The qualifying deadline is Tuesday.

There are no party primaries for the special election, and party labels won't be on the Nov. 6 ballot, though candidates make their political affiliation known. If a runoff is needed, it will be Nov. 27. The winner will serve the rest of the six-year term that Cochran started. It ends in January 2021.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has already paid for two ads in the special election. One says Hyde-Smith supported putting limits on financial awards in lawsuits. The other criticizes McDaniel for his work as an attorney, saying: "McDaniel made money suing Mississippi businesses, making things harder for folks trying to just earn a living."

McDaniel has demanded that TV stations stop airing the ad, which he said makes a "blatantly false" claim about his legal career. McDaniel said his firm focuses on municipal law and "protecting corporate clients from lawsuits filed by trial lawyers."

A McDaniel fundraising email last week called Hyde-Smith a "lackey" for the Chamber of Commerce, which he said supports "amnesty" for people who enter the U.S. illegally. The McDaniel email said: "I don't need — nor want — the establishment support or their filthy money."

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 296154

Reported Deaths: 6764
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto19731230
Hinds18881393
Harrison16780282
Rankin12787265
Jackson12643229
Lee9703161
Madison9484203
Jones8005147
Forrest7250138
Lauderdale6847227
Lowndes6033140
Lamar590980
Lafayette5747113
Washington5229130
Bolivar4620124
Oktibbeha442194
Panola432396
Pearl River4193132
Warren4138115
Pontotoc410771
Marshall404492
Monroe3993128
Union396474
Neshoba3822170
Lincoln3564104
Hancock350277
Leflore3389119
Sunflower319286
Tate303374
Pike301796
Scott295271
Alcorn292463
Yazoo290865
Itawamba290275
Coahoma282069
Tippah279565
Copiah279259
Simpson276680
Prentiss271158
Wayne254541
Leake253172
Marion252778
Covington249780
Grenada248578
Adams235078
George232445
Newton231252
Winston221979
Jasper213845
Tishomingo212965
Attala206870
Chickasaw201453
Holmes182770
Clay179251
Stone173029
Tallahatchie171439
Clarke169672
Calhoun158528
Smith153033
Yalobusha145536
Greene127933
Walthall124540
Noxubee123131
Montgomery122939
Perry122235
Lawrence120621
Carroll119025
Amite112235
Webster111132
Jefferson Davis102731
Tunica99523
Claiborne99129
Benton93924
Humphreys93027
Kemper90423
Quitman77414
Franklin76219
Choctaw69817
Jefferson62827
Wilkinson62427
Sharkey49117
Issaquena1676
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 498076

Reported Deaths: 10094
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson716711387
Mobile36294737
Madison32616468
Tuscaloosa24340421
Montgomery22739519
Shelby22174218
Baldwin19873289
Lee15039157
Calhoun13832293
Morgan13753254
Etowah13390325
Marshall11448211
Houston10124264
Elmore9483190
Limestone9420138
St. Clair9022227
Cullman8984182
Lauderdale8612214
DeKalb8489175
Talladega7606165
Walker6585259
Jackson6545104
Autauga632492
Blount6236127
Colbert6001121
Coffee5264103
Dale4671107
Russell406933
Franklin399878
Covington3993106
Chilton3898103
Escambia379173
Tallapoosa3622143
Clarke344053
Chambers3431111
Dallas3422142
Pike293373
Marion288695
Lawrence284985
Winston258368
Bibb246160
Geneva240370
Marengo238857
Pickens225457
Barbour213651
Hale212269
Fayette202057
Butler201466
Henry183541
Cherokee178039
Monroe166739
Randolph164840
Washington156836
Macon147745
Crenshaw146255
Clay145954
Cleburne139841
Lamar133733
Lowndes132751
Wilcox122925
Bullock117336
Conecuh107024
Perry106127
Sumter99732
Coosa90224
Greene88532
Choctaw55323
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