It appears from the press coverage that Hyde-Smith will be able to count on support from the GOP "establishment" at the state and national level, the fact that the White House is presently balking at backing her bid and that McDaniel is mounting a challenge seems to guarantee that there will be another epic battle in MS, although it probably won't be almost as weird as the primary battle between Cochran and McDaniel four years ago. Chris McDaniel came within an eyelash of unseating Cochran in the Republican run-off.
Hyde-Smith, a former Democrat who joined the GOP in 2010, becomes the first female senator in the state's history.
Hyde-Smith would immediately begin campaigning for the November 6 special election to fill the rest of Cochran's term, which expires in January 2020.
Despite these ties, White House officials have reportedly told Bryant that Trump will not endorse Hyde-Smith if she chooses to run in November's special election, voicing concerns that her previous status as a Democrat could hinder her chances.
Senator Roger Wicker commented on Hyde-Smith's appointment to the USA senate saying, "Governor Phil Bryant has made an excellent and historic pick in Cindy Hyde-Smith to be our next United States Senator".
The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement was not yet official. Roger Wicker, R-Miss. McDaniel had announced past year that he would be challenging Senator Roger Wicker, who is up for re-election in November, but decided in recent weeks to switch his candidacy to the race for Cochran's seat, a fact that makes it significantly more likely that McDaniel could win the primary and, by extension, the General Election given Mississippi's status as a strongly red state. Espy in 1986 became the first African-American in modern times to win a congressional seat in MS, and he has publicly supported both Democrats and Republicans in various races. Although it is a deeply conservative state, Democrats are hoping to capitalize on divisions among Republicans in hopes of winning a November 27 runoff, if there is one. Bryant has said he was focused on naming someone who could hold the seat for years to come.
Hyde-Smith, considered a strong conservative will replace Sen.
Cochran announced March 5 that he would retire on April 1, citing health problems. A mild-mannered Southerner, Cochran came to the Senate when it had a far clubbier atmosphere and he played an insider's game throughout his seven terms - particularly as a member of the powerful Appropriations panel, which had always been a bipartisan powerhouse and way to funnel taxpayer dollars back home. She will be Mississippi's first female US senator. A Democrat, she voted in the 2008 Democratic primary. She beat Democratic opponents even more easily in the 2011 and 2015 general elections.
According to the Times, Bryant favors Hyde-Smith because of her "deep connections in the farming communities".