Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker won the state’s primary election against businessman Richard Boyanton in a landslide victory Tuesday night.
The win comes months after President Donald Trump endorsed Wicker and hours after Trump sent out his support for Wicker in a tweet before the polls opened, crediting him for doing “everything necessary to Make America Great Again!” Trump urged voters in Mississippi to “Get out and vote for Roger,” saying, “he has my total support!”
With 82.4 percent of the votes counted, Wicker received 99,794 votes compared to Boyanton, who only received 21,243 votes, Politico reported.
The Mississippi senator served for nearly 13 years in the House before being appointed to the Senate by former Republican Gov. Haley Barbour in 2007 after former Republican Sen. Trent Lott resigned.
Wicker will face one of six candidates running in the Democratic primary in the deep red state, which could go to a June 26 runoff, the Associated Press reported. The favorites in the Democratic primary are venture capitalist Howard Sherman and Democratic state Reps. David Baria and Omeria Scott.
Whoever wins the Democratic primary is not of concern to Wicker, who criticized the candidates for their anti-Trump message. (RELATED: The DC Newsmakers Talk To Sen. Wicker About Taxes, GOP, Roy Moore And MORE)
“It does seem based on statements coming from the various Democratic campaigns that opposition to the Trump agenda will be front and center in their emphasis,” Wicker told the AP Tuesday. “I don’t think that sounds like a winner in Mississippi.”
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