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Tue Mar 20, 2018, 03:55 PM

Mississippi governor expected to appoint Hyde-Smith to Senate seat

Source: Politico

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is expected to appoint state Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith to the Senate seat being vacated next month by GOP Sen. Thad Cochran, according to multiple Republicans with knowledge of the governor's plans.

Bryant has narrowed his shortlist in recent days. He said Monday that he wouldn't appoint Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves to the seat, leaving Hyde-Smith and Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann as the two most commonly mentioned names.

A press conference is scheduled for Wednesday at a train depot in Brookhaven, Hyde-Smith's hometown.

Hyde-Smith, a cattle farmer, previously served in the state Senate for three terms. She is a former Democrat, having switched parties in 2010. She was first elected as agriculture commissioner in 2011 and won reelection in 2015.

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