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Miss. Senate: Another Run for Lott

Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott (R) today announced he will seek a fourth term in the Senate, ending years of speculation about his political future.

"I have chosen Mississippi and America once again," said Lott at a noon ET press conference in his hometown of Pascagoula. Lott will make a similar announcement in Jackson at 2 p.m. ET and will hold a news conference on Capitol Hill tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. ET.

The rumors surrounding a potential retirement by Lott began in earnest following his forced resignation as Senate majority leader in late 2002.  His decision to run takes a potentially competitive seat off the table for Democrats, slimming their chances of returning to the majority after the November election.

An open seat would likely have drawn former Mississippi Attorney General Mike Moore into the contest, a man widely seen by operatives in both parties as the lone Democrat who could win a statewide federal election in Mississippi. With Lott seeking a fourth term, it's unlikely Democrats can seriously contest the seat; Lott won reelection in 2000 with 66 percent of the vote.

Only one Republican -- Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (Tenn.) -- is not seeking reelection in November.  And some observers expect Lott to run again for the majority leadership next year, though that could set up an internal fight with Frist's current no. 2, Kentucky's Mitch McConnell.

Two Democrats -- Sens. Mark Dayton (Minn.) and Paul Sarbanes (Md.) -- are leaving the chamber after this year, as is Jim Jeffords, the Vermont independent who caucuses with Democrats.

No other senators up in 2006 are actively considering retirement, but there always tends to be a surprise or two in an election year.

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 17, 2006; 12:14 PM ET
Categories:  Senate  
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Comments

Don't believe Lott's well orchestrated campaign. He's the JUNIOR senator from a state who's Senior Senator is the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee. "MS needs me"??? More like Lott needed some attention for something other than his inapt support for Strom Thurmond's run for the presidency.

Posted by: WhataCrock! | January 17, 2006 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Jack Abramoff wasn't infamous when Trent Lott won Mississippi way back in 2000.

"Signed Letter, Received $147,000 From Tribes. *Senator Trent Lott* the former Senate GOP leader, wrote Norton on March 1, 2002, to "seriously urge" she reject the Jena casino. Lott received $147,000 from Abramoff, his lobbying partners, and tribal clients between 2001 and 2004, including $65,000 during the period in which the letter was sent. [AP, 11/17/05]"

http://tinyurl.com/d9xc9

Neither was Katrina...

Posted by: Dee Lilley | January 17, 2006 8:56 PM | Report abuse


Compared to Frist, Lott makes a lot of sense as Majority leader. However, Lott as Senate Majority Leader is scary. But Mitch McConnell is even more scarier. McConnell has a few screws lose. BTW he looks like Steve Forbes brother.

Lott will win Miss race, but GOP will be in the minority in 2006 or no later than 2008.

Posted by: db | January 17, 2006 7:51 PM | Report abuse

The South will Rise Again....Them Porch Monkey's are fixing to swing now!!!!


The G.O.P. aka K3
Lott for Senate

Posted by: thereliablesource.com | January 17, 2006 4:26 PM | Report abuse

I noticed that too. I didn't remember his first name, so my first thought was that he died when I wasn't paying attention and his widow was appointed to his seat. :-)

Posted by: ken brammer | January 17, 2006 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Touche. MARK Dayton has been restored to his proper gender.

Posted by: Chris Cillizza | January 17, 2006 12:46 PM | Report abuse

I didn't know Senator Dayton had a sex change operation. Last I heard, he was still calling himself "Mark"!

Posted by: Tony Negri | January 17, 2006 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Lott is the easiest prey to bag - all you gotta do is highlight his true feelings about race in america. He is a secret hater - his own words attest to the fact that he kept his evil opinions to himnself because others disagreed with them.

POUND HIM.

Of course, the weak Dem's won't and the legacy of wingnut hate will live on in the Senate.

Posted by: Lott can be beaten -easy | January 17, 2006 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Lott is the easiest prey to bag - all you gotta do is highlight his true feelings about race in america. He is a secret hater - his own words attest to the fact that he kept his feelings to himnself because others disagreed with them.

POUND HIM.

Of course, the weak Dem's won't and the legacy of wingnut hate will live on in the Senate.

Posted by: Lott can be beaten -easy | January 17, 2006 12:31 PM | Report abuse

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