Taggart not running in Mississippi Senate race

Source: MGN

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Andy Taggart of Madison said weeks ago that he might enter the special election to finish the term started by longtime Republican Thad Cochran. He says Thursday that he's not running.

Taggart was chief of staff in the 1990s for Republican Gov. Kirk Fordice and was later a Madison County supervisor.

Cochran retired Sunday, citing poor health.

Gov. Phil Bryant appointed fellow Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith to temporarily succeed Cochran. She will be sworn in Monday and will run in a nonpartisan special election in November.

Three other candidates have announced: Republican state Sen. Chris McDaniel and two Democrats, former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy and Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton.