GOP's Wicker reelected in Mississippi Senate race

GOP's Wicker reelected in Mississippi Senate race
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Sen. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerMcConnell reelected as leader, Thune promoted to whip Senate GOP readies for leadership reshuffle GOP's Wicker reelected in Mississippi Senate race MORE (R-Miss.) defeated Democratic opponent David Baria on Tuesday, as voters decided to send the incumbent back to Washington for a third term in the upper chamber.

Wicker’s victory was expected, particularly after polling last month showed him with a comfortable 28-point lead over Baria, a state representative. Wicker also fended off challenges from Libertarian candidate Danny Bedwell and Reform Party candidate Sean O’Hara.

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The race was largely eclipsed by Mississippi’s other Senate contest – the special election to decide who will finish out Sen. Thad CochranWilliam (Thad) Thad CochranElection Countdown: Hyde-Smith's 'public hanging' joke shakes up Mississippi runoff | New lawsuits in Florida | Trump wants Florida election official fired | Mia Love sues to stop Utah vote count | Republican MacArthur loses NJ House race Hyde-Smith's 'public hanging' joke shakes up Mississippi runoff Election Countdown: Lawsuits fly in Florida recount fight | Nelson pushes to extend deadline | Judge says Georgia county violated Civil Rights Act | Biden, Sanders lead 2020 Dem field in poll | Bloomberg to decide on 2020 by February MORE's term after the Republican's retirement over health concerns earlier this year. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R) was tapped to immediately replace Cochran after he stepped down on April 1.

Wicker has represented the deep red state in the Senate since 2007. He is a member of the chamber's GOP leadership, and sits on key Senate panels, including the Armed Services and Rules committees.