Mississippi secretary of state hints at run for other office

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says he's not running for his current office again but won't say what he's running for next.

Posted: Mar 12, 2018 6:59 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says he's not running for his current office again but won't say what he's running for next.

Hosemann, speaking Monday to the Capitol press corps and Mississippi State University's Stennis Institute of Government, said that after three terms in office, he has met his goals as secretary of state and thinks it's time to move on. The Republican said he still has "great interest" in the state and voters may see his name on a future ballot.

"I don't know that we won't be on the ballot somewhere, but I don't anticipate it being secretary of state's office," Hosemann said.

Hosemann wasn't saying whether he'd run for U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran's seat this November, the lieutenant governor's post in 2019 or something else — at least, not on Monday.

The Clarion Ledger reported last week that Hosemann indicated to schoolchildren touring the Capitol that he plans a campaign for lieutenant governor.

When asked by a reporter about the incident Monday, Hosemann joked, "Those were 10-year-old children and I trusted them."

Hosemann could also run for U.S. Senate this year after Cochran announced his intent to retire April 1.

The secretary of state also discussed his office's measures to prevent election hacking. He said his office uses protection including two-factor authentication, encryption and firewalls to guard Mississippi's statewide election management computer system.

Mississippi voting machines aren't connected to the internet and are thus less vulnerable to outside meddling, he said. Hosemann said no votes in Mississippi have been affected by hacking.

Hosemann said a bigger risk than altered ballots, though, is a public perception of election meddling and lack of confidence in voting systems.

"When they internally attempt to discredit both parties ... with salacious things on the internet, those are weakening the republican democracy," Hosemann said. "To me, that's the biggest risk we have."

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 14372

Reported Deaths: 693
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds95924
Lauderdale71358
Madison69422
Scott63010
Neshoba58937
Jones56622
Forrest52338
DeSoto5036
Leake40012
Rankin3856
Holmes38524
Jackson30313
Copiah2904
Attala28415
Newton2564
Monroe25225
Leflore25130
Lincoln25024
Harrison2477
Lamar2315
Yazoo2274
Pearl River20631
Pike20311
Adams19015
Lowndes1899
Noxubee1736
Washington1667
Warren1597
Bolivar15411
Wayne1540
Oktibbeha15411
Jasper1524
Smith14511
Covington1431
Clarke13818
Kemper13611
Chickasaw13012
Lafayette1274
Lee1245
Carroll11511
Coahoma1144
Marion1149
Clay1084
Winston1051
Lawrence1021
Simpson950
Hancock8711
Wilkinson859
Yalobusha855
Grenada853
Itawamba847
Montgomery811
Union805
Sunflower783
Jefferson Davis772
Marshall773
Tate741
Tippah7111
Claiborne692
Panola643
Calhoun634
Webster611
Humphreys587
Amite561
Tunica533
Walthall520
Perry503
Prentiss423
Jefferson400
Choctaw342
Stone300
Pontotoc293
Tishomingo280
Franklin282
Tallahatchie261
Quitman250
George211
Benton150
Alcorn141
Greene91
Sharkey70
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 16530

Reported Deaths: 591
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Mobile2124112
Jefferson1712100
Montgomery154134
Tuscaloosa67813
Marshall6689
Lee53332
Franklin5147
Shelby48419
Tallapoosa41864
Butler39213
Chambers34924
Madison3184
Elmore3137
Walker2991
Baldwin2819
Etowah24411
Dallas2443
DeKalb2413
Morgan2311
Coffee2241
Lowndes22210
Sumter2136
Autauga2053
Houston1884
Bullock1833
Pike1790
Colbert1612
Russell1590
Marengo1556
Lauderdale1532
Calhoun1523
Hale1517
Choctaw1488
Wilcox1347
Barbour1321
Clarke1292
Randolph1257
Marion11911
St. Clair1161
Pickens1014
Talladega1003
Dale990
Chilton971
Cullman960
Greene924
Limestone870
Winston820
Covington771
Jackson752
Crenshaw722
Bibb711
Henry712
Macon712
Washington666
Blount581
Escambia493
Lawrence460
Geneva400
Conecuh351
Coosa351
Monroe352
Perry350
Cherokee342
Clay272
Lamar210
Fayette130
Cleburne131
Unassigned00
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