"If we unite the party now and consolidate our resources, we can guarantee Donald Trump will have a fighter who will stand with him".
Donors looking to increase the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate that would like to avoid a contentious primary in deep red MS have strongly supported the idea of McDaniel running in the open seat.
The press conference began with remarks from Reverend C.L. Bryant, Senior Fellow, Freedom Works in Washington, D.C. Cochrans seat to someone like Chris McDaniel who they believe embodies those values.
Wednesday, state Senator Chris McDaniel has announced he is backing out of challenging Roger Wicker and will now run for Senator Thad Cochran's soon-to-be-open Senate seat in the November special election.
Thad Cochran announced last month he'd be stepping down citing his health.
Rev. Bryant went on to say that Gov. Bryant ran on a platform of "Already Taxed Enough", a TEA Party platform, a grassroots governor, so why not appoint Sen.
Mike Espy, a Jackson attorney, who in the 1980s became the first African American elected to the U.S. House from MS and later served as secretary of Agriculture in the Bill Clinton administration, already has announced his "intention" to run for the open seat.
McDaniel scored 49.5 percent of the vote in the 2014 election, but lost in a runoff. Mo Brooks' during the primary for the special election in Alabama.
McDaniel accused U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of trying to hand-pick the next senator from the state.
"It's no secret that the Mississippi Republican establishment has been coordinating with Mitch McConnell to do everything in their power to keep me from getting elected to the United States Senate.", McDaniel said.