Mississippi state House minority leader Democrat David Baria launched a long-shot bid for his state’s Senate seat on Wednesday, hours after Sen. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerPrivate lawsuits are a necessary expedient in privacy legislation Bottom line GOP faces internal conflicts on fifth coronavirus bill MORE (R-Miss.) also drew a primary challenger.
Baria’s Wednesday announcement, which was first reported by Missisippi Today, gives Democrats a candidate with some profile in a deep-red state they aren’t expected to win.
“I want to give voters a true choice, and I plan to spend the campaign listening to voters and working hard to earn their trust,” Baria said in a statement. Democrats face long odds winning any statewide office in Mississippi. Aside from a Democratic attorney general, Republicans hold every other top office in the state. But Baria’s announcement puts a Democratic candidate with political experience in the race, offering Democrats a chance to pick up the seat in case of a massive Democratic wave. Democrats pulled off a similar upset in Alabama’s Senate special election. Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) won that race after allegations of relationships with minors surfaced against his opponent, Republican Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreSessions goes after Tuberville’s coaching record in challenging him to debate The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip Sessions fires back at Trump over recusal: ‘I did my duty & you’re damn fortunate I did” MORE, in the final weeks of the race. Baria pointed in his interview to the Wednesday decision by Chris McDaniel, a Tea Party favorite who sparked controversy during his 2014 Senate bid, to run against Wicker as a potential opening for the Democrats. “I think it takes a somewhat unique dynamic to see a path of victory for a Democrat in a U.S. Senate race in Mississippi,” Baria said. “In a vacuum, Chris McDaniel getting in against Wicker creates the kind of dynamic that leads me to believe that might be achievable.” The 2014 primary between McDaniel and Sen. Thad CochranWilliam (Thad) Thad CochranEspy wins Mississippi Senate Democratic primary Bottom Line Mike Espy announces Mississippi Senate bid MORE (R-Miss.) turned ugly, with both sides lobbing allegations of racism and dog-whistle politics at one another, while a McDaniel supporter was arrested for posting private pictures taken of Cochran’s wife in a nursing home. McDaniel refused to concede the race when he lost by a narrow margin in the runoff, claiming voter fraud. Democrats would need everything to break right for a shot in the Senate race, and it’s not clear whether McDaniel winning the primary would hurt Republican chances to hold the seat. President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE won the state in 2016 by 18 points. A Democrat last won a Senate seat in the state in 1982. Click Here: Fjallraven Kanken Art Spring Landscape Backpacks