Tupelo's Roger Wicker is Gov. Haley Barbour's likely choice to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated recently by Trent Lott, blogs Jackson and Daily Journal political columnist Sid Salter today.
He may be right. The Daily Journal has learned Wicker and his wife, Gayle, met Friday with Barbour. No confirmation of that report was immediately available.
Friday, Barbour announced that Monday he will reveal his choice for the interim Senate seat, which must be filled later in a statewide election. The announcements will occur in Jackson and on the Gulf Coast, which sparked discussions the new senator could be from South Mississippi.
Wicker's appointment, which would require that he resign from the U.S. House of Representatives, would mean both the state's senators hail from North Mississippi.
Senior Sen. Thad Cochran is a Pontotoc native and has a home in Oxford. Coincidentally, Wicker also grew up in Pontotoc.
Salter said Wicker became his main focus for the job when U.S. Rep. Chip Pickering from Madison County removed his name from consideration Friday. Another possible choice, Gulfport Mayor Brent Warr, also said Friday he isn't in contention.
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