JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Gov. Phil Bryant has set the special election date to fill former Senator Thad Cochran's seat.
The date is November 6. The qualifying deadline is April 24 at 5 p.m. If no candidate receives a majority of votes on November 6, a runoff will be held on Novemer 27.
This comes after Cochran retired on April 1.
On Tuesday, Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton announced his plans to run for the seat on WTVA 9 News. He is the fourth candidate to run, including Mike Espy, Chris McDaniel and Cindy Hyde-Smith.
Hyde-Smith was recently appointed by Gov. Bryant to temporarily fill Cochran's seat.