On the eve of Chris McDaniel’s announcement, Trump endorses Wicker

Ashton Pittman

Trump’s endorsement could guarantee Wicker’s success against McDaniel

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On the eve of Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel’s big announcement, President Donald Trump delivered one of his most devoted followers in the state a major setback: He endorsed the man McDaniel hopes to challenge for U.S. Senate, incumbent Sen. Roger Wicker.
Wicker, Trump said, “has been a great supporter and incredible help in getting our massive Tax Cut Bill done and approved! Also big help on cutting regs. I am with him in his re-election all the way!”
McDaniel, a hard-right Republican who, much like Trump, has made a political career out of running as an anti-establishment, anti-immigrant crusader, had hoped to earn Trump’s endorsement.
McDaniel responded to Trump’s endorsement of Wicker with praise, saying “you have my full support” and that America is “lucky to have you.”

Mr. President, I admire your leadership and ability to get things done for the American people, and I want you to know that you have my full support. We are lucky to have you.
— Sen. Chris McDaniel (@senatormcdaniel) February 27, 2018
When McDaniel challenged Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran in 2014, Trump tweeted his endorsement of McDaniel who he then said “wants things to change in Washington.”

I hope voters in Mississippi cast their ballot for @senatormcdaniel. He is strong, he is smart & he wants things to change in Washington.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 24, 2014
Now that Trump is in the White House with a compliant Republican-dominated Congress, he doesn’t seem nearly as eager for “change in Washington.” In fact, contrary to his campaign rhetoric, Trump has found himself far cozier with the establishment wing of the party than Washington insiders predicted.
For Wicker, though, a Trump endorsement is no guarantee of success. In Alabama, incumbent establishment Republican Luther Strange lost his primary bid to

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