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Elvis cousin says he won’t run for US Senate in Mississippi

January 18, 2018

FILE-In this July 7, 2015 file photograph, Democratic Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley speaks during a regulatory meeting in Jackson, Miss. Presley, a distant cousin of Elvis Presley, said Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, that he is not a candidate for U.S. Senate, noting a Senate race would take him away from important issues as a utility regulator, including efforts to expand high-speed internet access to rural areas. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A distant cousin of Elvis Presley who might have been Democrats’ strongest contender for U.S. Senate in heavily Republican Mississippi says he won’t run this year.

Brandon Presley is a public service commissioner. He said Thursday a Senate race would take him away from important issues as a utility regulator, including efforts to expand high-speed internet access to rural areas.

Republican Sen. Roger Wicker is seeking re-election as the GOP tries to maintain congressional majorities. He’s promoting himself as a supporter of President Donald Trump.

Wicker was appointed to the Senate in 2007 after Republican Trent Lott resigned. Wicker won a special election in November 2008 and was re-elected in 2012.

Chris McDaniel is a GOP state lawmaker who lost a 2014 Senate race. He is considering challenging Wicker.

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