Omeria Scott running for US Senate

Rep. Omeria Scott (Source: State of Mississippi/Mississippi House of Representatives)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A longtime state representative is running for a U.S. Senate seat in Mississippi.

Democratic Rep. Omeria Scott of Laurel filed qualifying papers just before a deadline Thursday. She joins five other Democrats in the race for the Senate seat held by Republican Roger Wicker.

President Donald Trump is endorsing Wicker, who has been in the Senate since 2007. Wicker faces two challengers for the Republican nomination.

Party primaries are June 5, and the general election is Nov. 6.

Mississippi has not had a Democrat in the U.S. Senate since January 1989, when John C. Stennis retired.