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Mississippi Republican leaders rally behind Trump ahead of March Primary

By: Frank Corder - December 11, 2023

On Monday, the former President’s campaign team announced a slew of Mississippi endorsements from state and federal elected officials, including Governor Reeves, both U.S. Senators, and all GOP Congressmen.

Nearly every major political officeholder in Mississippi Republican Party circles is joining former President Donald Trump’s campaign leadership team in the Magnolia State ahead of the March Primary Election.

Among the Republican elected officials backing Trump are recently re-elected Governor Tate Reeves, the state’s U.S. Senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith, and all three GOP Congressmen – Trent Kelly (MS 1), Michael Guest (MS 3) and Mike Ezell (MS 4).

In addition to Reeves, six of the other seven statewide elected officials, all Republicans, are named on the Trump endorsement, including Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann, Attorney General Lynn Fitch, State Auditor Shad White, Treasurer David McRae, Agriculture Commissioner Andy Gipson and Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, as are outgoing Southern District Public Service Commissioner Dane Maxwell and incoming Northern District Public Service Commissioner Chris Brown.

Secretary of State Michael Watson, also a Republican, was not listed among the Mississippi statewide officials. Watson’s office is tasked with overseeing Mississippi elections.

Also listed on the Trump Mississippi leadership team is former Governor Phil Bryant.

According to sources close to the Trump campaign, Will Russell, a former Trump White House aide, will lead the former President’s campaign operation in Mississippi.

The latest national polling averages from FiveThirtyEight shows Trump has a lead of over 40 points among the GOP field, pulling in 59.3%. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is currently second with 12.6% and former U.N. Ambassador and South Carlina Governor Nikki Haley is third with 11.6%. Businessman Vivek Ramaswamy has fallen to fourth with 4.8%.

Mississippi voters – Republicans and Democrats – will go to the polls on March 12th to choose their party’s nominee for President, U.S. Senate, U.S. House and more.

Currently, one Democrat and two Republicans have filed to challenge Senator Wicker in 2024. 3rd District Congressman Guest has drawn a Democratic challenger while 4th District Congressman Ezell has picked two GOP challengers. No one has filed to challenge Congressman Kelly in the 1st District or Democratic Congressman Bennie Thompson in the 2nd District.

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Frank Corder

Frank Corder is a native of Pascagoula. For nearly two decades, he has reported and offered analysis on government, public policy, business and matters of faith. Frank’s interviews, articles, and columns have been shared throughout Mississippi as well as in national publications. He is a frequent guest on radio and television, providing insight and commentary on the inner workings of the Magnolia State. Frank has served his community in both elected and appointed public office, hosted his own local radio and television programs, and managed private businesses all while being an engaged husband and father. Email Frank: