GOP's Wicker reelected in Mississippi Senate race

GOP's Wicker reelected in Mississippi Senate race
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Sen. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerWe can accelerate a cure for Alzheimer's Senate panel opens investigation of FAA safety inspectors FAA faces questions about Boeing at two hearings 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 CochranTop 5 races to watch in 2019 Bottom Line Races Dems narrowly lost show party needs to return to Howard Dean’s 50 state strategy 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.