GOP's Wicker reelected in Mississippi Senate race

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.) defeated Democratic opponent David Baria on Tuesday, as voters decided to send the incumbent back to Washington for a third term in the upper chamber.

Wicker’s victory was expected, particularly after polling last month showed him with a comfortable 28-point lead over Baria, a state representative. Wicker also fended off challenges from Libertarian candidate Danny Bedwell and Reform Party candidate Sean O’Hara.

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The race was largely eclipsed by Mississippi’s other Senate contest – the special election to decide who will finish out Sen. Thad CochranWilliam (Thad) Thad CochranEspy wins Mississippi Senate Democratic primary Bottom Line Mike Espy announces Mississippi Senate bid MORE’s term after the Republican’s retirement over health concerns earlier this year. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R) was tapped to immediately replace Cochran after he stepped down on April 1.

Wicker has represented the deep red state in the Senate since 2007. He is a member of the chamber’s GOP leadership, and sits on key Senate panels, including the Armed Services and Rules committees.

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