Presley says he won't run for Mississippi Senate

January 19, 2018 10:53:36 AM

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JACKSON -- 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.