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The Latest: Senate candidate has ‘Contract With Mississippi’

July 12, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a U.S. Senate race in Mississippi (all times local):

4:20 p.m.

A Republican in a U.S. Senate race is releasing what he calls a “Contract With Mississippi.”

State Sen. Chris McDaniel says his proposal would protect individual liberties. He pledges to reduce federal regulations, protect gun rights and support conservative judicial nominees. McDaniel also says he would fight any reduction Social Security benefits.

McDaniel is one of three challengers to Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith in a November special election, with the winner serving the final two years of a six-year term.

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant appointed Hyde-Smith, who was state agriculture commissioner, to succeed longtime Sen. Thad Cochran when he retired in April.

Also running in the special election are Democrat Mike Espy, who was President Bill Clinton’s first agriculture secretary; and Democrat Tobey Bartee, a Gautier city councilman.

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2:05 p.m.

An appointed U.S. senator in Mississippi says she has raised more than $1.6 million in campaign cash.

Republican Cindy-Hyde Smith’s campaign released the information Thursday, days ahead of candidates’ deadline to report April-through-June fundraising.

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant appointed Hyde-Smith, who was state agriculture commissioner, to succeed longtime Sen. Thad Cochran when he retired in April. She faces three challengers in a nominally nonpartisan Nov. 6 special election. A runoff would be Nov. 25. The winner serves the final two years of the term.

Mississippi does not list party labels on special election ballots.

The challengers are Republican state Sen. Chris McDaniel, who nearly unseated Cochran in the 2014 Republican primary; Democrat Mike Espy, who was President Bill Clinton’s first agriculture secretary; and Democrat Tobey Bartee, a Gautier city councilman.

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