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Chris McDaniel Launches Bid for Mississippi Lieutenant Governor: ‘Our Time For Choosing’

JACKSON, Miss.—Mississippi Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, joined the race for Mississippi lieutenant governor this morning after signing qualifying papers at the Mississippi Republican Party headquarters in Jackson. The Jones County senator will be vying for the party’s ticket in a contest against incumbent Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann and another challenger, Shane Quick.

During his announcement speech, McDaniel accused Hosemann of not being conservative enough. “He has chosen a different path that leads our party into a weaker and a less conservative position,” he said. The lieutenant governor serves as the president of the Mississippi Senate and appoints committee leaders, giving the office enormous influence over legislation.

McDaniel, who has been in the Mississippi Senate since 2008, criticized Hosemann for not supporting term limits legislation. He accused the incumbent of the “political assassination” of Mississippi Sen. Melanie Sojourner, a McDaniel ally from southwest Mississippi who expects to lose her district after 2020 redistricting made it friendlier to Democrats.

McDaniel also criticized Hosemann for extending the geographical reach of U.S. House Rep. Bennie Thompson’s district. Thompson is the only Democratic member and the only Black member of Mississippi’s congressional delegation.

“Bennie Thompson has no business governing anything in this state, much less the district he holds, but for whatever reason, Delbert Hosemann saw fit to expand his territory to envelop South Mississippi,” the Jones County senator said. “Most people don’t want that—they don’t want to be represented by Bennie Thompson. Do you?”

McDaniel said his campaign represented “our chance to change Mississippi” and “preserve the best and brightest hope of our state,” but that Republicans “can’t do it with our leaders fighting” one another. Hosemann and the Republican governor, Tate Reeves, have repeatedly clashed since 2020.

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann (pictured) has held the office since 2020. After Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, announced on Jan. 30, 2023, that he is challenging him for lieutenant governor in the Republican Party primary, a Hosemann adviser called McDaniel  “the least effective politician in the state with the largest ego.” Photo by Nick Judin

“So here’s our question, our time for choosing: Do you want a

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