MISSISSIPPI
     Nov. 6, 2018 Senate

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+Roger Wicker (R) i
547,619
58.49%
David Baria (D)
369,567
39.47%
Danny Bedwell (L)
12,981
1.39%
Shawn O'Hara (Ref.)
6,048
0.65%

936,215

Plurality: 178,052 votes (19.02 percentage points).
 MS Secretary of State




Notes: Sen. Roger Wicker (R) was elected to a second full term.  Wicker has served in the Senate since Dec. 31, 2007; he was appointed by Gov. Haley Barbour to fill the seat formerly held by Trent Lott, elected to fill out the term in a Nov. 2008 special election, and elected to a full term in 2012.  Prior to the Senate, Wicker served in the U.S. House; he was president of the 1994 freshman class. 

State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) had been preparing to mount a primary challenge to Wicker, but in March he decided he would run for the Cochran seat instead. 

On the Democratic side, the June 5 primary produced a close result as Howard Sherman, a venture capitalist and husband of actress Sela Ward (31.9%) finished ahead of House Minority Leader David Baria (31.0%) and state Rep. Omeria Scott (24.1%).  In the June 26 runoff, Baria defeated Sherman by 58.7% to 41.3%.  Also on the November ballot were Danny Bedwell (L) and Shawn O'Hara (Ref.). 

Wicker declined to debate. 
For his part Baria held a series of twelve candidate forums starting on Sept. 18.


Campaign Managers:
Roger Wicker:  Justin Brasell
Owner of Triumph Campaigns in Jackson, MS since Dec. 2010, Brasell is also managing Kristi Noem's campaign for governor in South Dakota.  He has headed a number of statewide campaigns including general consultant on U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany for U.S. Senate 2016; campaign manager on Tom Cotton for Senate 2014; general consultant on Kristi Noem for Congress 2012; campaign manager on Tate Reeves for Lt. Governor 2011; campaign manager on Friends of John Thune, Jan. 2009-Nov. 2010; campaign manager on  McConnell for Senate, July 2007-Nov. 2008.  Chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis (KY), Jan. 2005-June 2007, after managing his campaign, Jan. 2003-Dec. 2004.  B.B.A. from University of Mississippi, 1998.

David Baria: 
Alyssa Miller
Deputy campaign manager and communications director on James Smith for South Carolina (governor), Mar.-July 2018.  Director of public affairs for Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, Aug. 2016-Mar. 2018.  Director of public affairs for Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, July 2014-Aug. 2016.  Data and targeting director for The Atlas Project, Aug. 2013-July 2014.  Targeting and voter file director for the Florida Democratic Party, Mar. 2010-June 2013.  Deputy finance director for the Arizona Democratic Party, Jan.-Mar. 2010.  Staff assistant in the U.S. House, Dec., 2006-Aug. 2007.  Deputy director of research for the Arizona Democratic Party, Dec. 2005-Dec. 2006.  M.P.A. from Northeastern University, 2011; B.A. in political science from Arizona State University, 2007.

 





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