Former White House strategist Steve Bannon has his sights set on long-serving Republican establishment Sens. Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran, according to an NBC News report.
Bannon is hoping to take over the GOP with conservative candidates who can carry the torch of Donald Trump long after the president is out of office. He supports Roy Moore in Alabama’s upcoming senate election, and he has urged state Sen. Chris McDaniel to challenge U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker in a primary next year. He also wants Gov. Phil Bryant to send himself to Washington if U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, who is 79 and in poor health, retires before his term ends in 2020, according to people familiar with Bannon’s plans.