The Mason-Dixon survey of 625 registered Mississippi voters revealed Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood holds a 44 percent to 39 percent advantage over Republican Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves in a one-on-one matchup.
The remaining 17 percent was undecided. The margin of error is plus or minus four percent.
Results from this survey taken April 12 to April 14 are similar to one taken in December.
One candidate filing Monday was state lawmaker Chris McDaniel of Ellisville, who lost a bitter 2014 Republican primary to longtime Sen. Thad Cochran and had already announced that he intended to run for the seat that Cochran left vacant. Cochran, 80, retired April 1, citing health concerns.
The other was Tobey Bartee of Gautier, who had not previously announced for the Senate race and did not immediately respond to a phone message.
Gov. Phil Bryant appointed Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith of Brookhaven, who was in her second term as Mississippi agriculture commissioner, to temporarily fill the Senate seat. She was sworn in April 9.
Hyde-Smith qualified last week for the special election, as did two Democrats — former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy of Ridgeland and Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton.
#MSSen: Who is Tobey Bartee?
Gautier resident Tobey Bartee qualified to run for the US Senate in the special election to replace Thad Cochran on Monday.
To say Bartee is an unknown statewide would be an understatement.
Bartee is a Democrat who most recently ran unsuccessfully for Ward 2 Councilman in Gautier, losing in the Democrat primary runoff in May 2017.
Little can be found on a Google or Facebook search for Bartee, however the Gautier Tobey Bartee should not be confused with the Clarke County Tobey Bartee.
This morning I have received messages from the gulf coast congratulating me on a run for the senate but it’s not me . …
#MSSen: McDaniel’s first quarter FEC report shaky, buoyed by personal loan
— Kevin Robillard (@Robillard) April 23, 2018
Let’s see… A Dem hoping to face U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker in a general election raises more than a serious GOP candidate, then said GOP candidate has had a slow start. Or, THREE congressional GOP candidates raise more than the serious GOP Senate candidate, then that’s a slow start. https://t.co/BIo99BzaEi
— Sam R. Hall (@samrhall) April 24, 2018
Top Mississippi officials approved the state’s borrowing $25 million to help repair or replace dangerous bridges.
Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood and Republican Treasurer Lynn Fitch make up the state Bond Commission.
Legislators voted several weeks ago to give the commission permission to issue $50 million in bonds for bridges. The commissioners met Monday and voted unanimously to issue half of that. Bryant spokesman Clay Chandler said the other half could be issued in July.
State Sen. Chris McDaniel takes on another challenge – Yeti Coolers
Yeti Coolers is now cutting ties with the NRA without explanation or notice. One can only assume Yeti doesn’t value the 2nd Amendment.
With that said, perhaps it’s time for Mississippians to cut our ties with Yeti.
— Sen. Chris McDaniel (@senatormcdaniel) April 23, 2018
Although he won’t divulge exactly which seat he has in mind, Petal Mayor Hal Marx is contemplating a possible run for state office.
The third-term Republican mayor said he’ll take some time to talk it over with family, and plans to announce his decision sometime this summer.
“I’d rather not say right now which one I’m considering, but let’s just say it’s a statewide office, because I haven’t made a decision as to whether or not I’m going to do it,” Marx said. “My plans may change – I might be looking at one office right now, and perhaps the circumstances would be that I would decide to seek a different one.