STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

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.

Cases: 268672

Reported Deaths: 5917
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto17928195
Hinds17030337
Harrison14510212
Rankin11315223
Jackson11054193
Lee9109147
Madison8663171
Jones6853120
Forrest6260125
Lauderdale6161196
Lowndes5582123
Lafayette5269101
Lamar508765
Washington4965125
Bolivar4164110
Oktibbeha411585
Panola389881
Pontotoc380460
Monroe3727111
Warren3716103
Marshall360172
Union360165
Pearl River3527106
Neshoba3516158
Leflore3132110
Lincoln308389
Hancock300963
Sunflower294277
Tate281862
Alcorn274055
Pike272984
Itawamba271263
Scott264055
Yazoo258456
Prentiss255454
Coahoma252455
Copiah251549
Tippah251551
Simpson244872
Leake238967
Marion228274
Covington224873
Grenada224673
Wayne216336
Adams216271
Winston208271
George206440
Newton201447
Attala197465
Tishomingo196361
Chickasaw190245
Jasper183138
Holmes172568
Clay168637
Tallahatchie158035
Stone153625
Clarke148762
Calhoun142022
Smith131926
Yalobusha124935
Walthall115438
Greene114929
Noxubee114526
Montgomery112936
Lawrence107917
Carroll106922
Perry105931
Amite102727
Webster98024
Claiborne90125
Tunica89621
Jefferson Davis89330
Benton86923
Humphreys85625
Kemper81220
Quitman7169
Franklin71017
Choctaw64013
Wilkinson60125
Jefferson57321
Sharkey45717
Issaquena1616
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 445909

Reported Deaths: 6896
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson651891049
Mobile32138590
Madison28596223
Tuscaloosa21703276
Montgomery20220336
Shelby19584138
Baldwin17496216
Lee13378109
Morgan12741145
Etowah12196189
Calhoun11626228
Marshall10513126
Houston9097168
Limestone842481
Cullman8363125
Elmore8283112
Lauderdale7986112
DeKalb7935112
St. Clair7915139
Talladega6552112
Walker6068184
Jackson605649
Colbert560194
Blount551794
Autauga544065
Coffee470569
Dale415186
Franklin378150
Russell362816
Chilton348079
Covington344681
Escambia342244
Tallapoosa3184109
Dallas314197
Chambers308575
Clarke307339
Pike267735
Lawrence256958
Marion255763
Winston235243
Bibb224751
Geneva214747
Marengo212031
Pickens201831
Barbour188240
Hale187444
Fayette181230
Butler175960
Cherokee167433
Henry161325
Monroe153521
Randolph148236
Washington144027
Clay131050
Crenshaw126245
Macon124337
Cleburne123627
Lamar121324
Lowndes117636
Wilcox109422
Bullock105829
Perry100518
Conecuh98222
Sumter90828
Greene78323
Coosa64619
Choctaw52224
Out of AL00
Unassigned00
Tupelo
Cloudy
51° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 51°
Columbus
Partly Cloudy
54° wxIcon
Hi: 56° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 54°
Oxford
Cloudy
41° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 32°
Starkville
Mostly Cloudy
52° wxIcon
Hi: 55° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 52°
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather