After more than a month of speculation, it took only moments for the announcement to be made. In his hometown of Pascagoula, longtime Sen. Trent Lott announced that he will seek a fourth term in office.
"I have chosen Mississippi, and once again I am going to ask the people to reelect me to another term in the U.S. Senate," Lott said.
After Hurricane Katrina, Lott said that he was "seriously" thinking of not seeking another term because of his family's losses due to the storm.
"My heart is with the people there and I'm going to do everything I can to be helpful to them as long as it's necessary and I have that capability," said Lott.
This is a decision which doesn't surprise some in the Meridian area.
"I really felt all along that he would because he kept saying that he wanted to stay in there until after the Gulf Coast and Mississippi had recovered from all of this devastation from Hurricane Katrina," said Lauderdale Republican Party Chairman Sally Brown. "So, I felt like he wouldn't abandon us at this time."
"As a Democrat, we'll do our best to defeat him in the election," said Dr. Dennis Mitchell, vice-chairman of the Lauderdale County Democratic Party. "But as a Mississippian, at the same time you have to appreciate his sacrifice that he's willing to make to try to go back to the Senate and try to provide for the state."
So far, at least one person has qualified to run against Lott, state Rep. Erik Fleming of Jackson. The deadline to qualify to run for the seat is Mar. 1.
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