Jim Minga and Chris McDaniel

Jim Minga, co-owner of Sweetpea's Table in Olive Branch, discusses the current political scene with State Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville.

Potential U.S. Senate challenger and current State Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, made a stump speech in Olive Branch this past Thursday, wooing perspective voters at Sweetpea's Table restaurant.

Within the next several weeks and months, the political world is waiting to see if McDaniel will run against incumbent U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker in the 2018 GOP primary or target another foe.

"(Roger) Wicker is the most liberal Republican in Mississippi government, and a true conservative Republican must be elected in order to represent the people of the State of Mississippi," McDaniel said during the stop.

"There's an awakening sweeping the state on the part of conservative Mississippians, and a spokesman who represents them can win here," added McDaniel.

"(I'm) here before citizens of Olive Branch tonight to speak about the need of a conservative Republican to represent their interests in the state," McDaniel said.

"Wicker is on the record as the most liberal Republican but (Senate Majority Leader) McConnell also has to go."

"I am 46 years old, from Ellisville, Mississippi and ready to take on the task of representing conservative Republican Mississippians. Washington has to change, and that change will be led by and will come from the South," added McDaniel.

President Donald Trump has indicated his support for Wicker while conservative firebrand Steve Bannon has expressed support for McDaniel.

Wicker spoke recently to a gathering at the Southaven Rotary Club.

DeSoto County is one of the anticipated bellwether GOP counties in Mississippi.

For his part, Wicker during his Southaven visit praised the tough talk that Trump has employed when it comes to dealing with the nation's adversaries.

Wicker, who has served previously in the U.S. House of Representatives, has strong support in the Northern Mississippi area.

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