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Democrat David Baria Enters Mississippi Senate Race

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Longtime Democratic state lawmaker David Baria has officially jumped into the Mississippi Senate race after submitting the necessary paperwork on Wednesday.

"I want to give voters a true choice, and I plan to spend the campaign listening to voters and working hard to earn their trust," Baria said in a statement.

He added, "I appreciate all of the encouragement and support that I have gotten during the time leading up to this decision."

The announcement by Baria comes a day after Mississippi state senator Chris McDaniel announced a primary challenge to incumbent Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss.

Entrepreneur and venture capitalist Howard Sherman, the husband of actress Sela Ward, also entered the race on the Democratic side.

A report from Jackson, Mississippi's Clarion-Ledger said national Democrats saw a potential parallel with Mississippi and Alabama if McDaniel entered the race.

Former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice Roy Moore defeated Senator Luther Strange, R-Ala., in the Republican primary but lost to Democrat Doug Jones in the general election amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

In a post on Twitter on Tuesday, President Donald Trump expressed his support for Wicker, citing his help in passing the Republican tax reform bill.

"@SenatorWicker of Mississippi has been a great supporter and incredible help in getting our massive Tax Cut Bill done and approved. Also big help on cutting regs," Trump tweeted. "I am with him in his re-election all the way!"

(Photo: barialaw.com)

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