JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two-term state Sen. Chris McDaniel says he's leaning toward challenging longtime U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in 2014. Both are Republicans.
McDaniel tells The Associated Press that he was still undecided as of Tuesday evening. He says he will go to his Ellisville home Wednesday, sit in his arbor and pray about it.
McDaniel spoke to AP hours after a consultant issued a news release saying McDaniel would hold a news conference at noon Thursday in Ellisville to discuss "a possible run for higher office."
McDaniel says if he doesn't run for Senate, he might challenge 4th District U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo, who's also Republican.
Cochran served six years in the U.S. House before winning a Senate seat in 1978. He has served as chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee.
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