The Clarion Ledger is reporting that former Republican state Sen. Tim Johnson of Madison will announce his candidacy for lieutenant governor as a Democrat, multiple sources with knowledge of the announcement have confirmed.

Over the past few days, several Democrat leaders have been teasing what they say is “a major announcement.” Early this morning, Mississippi Democratic Party spokeswoman Lindsey White sent out the following media advisory:

Please join the Mississippi Federation of Democratic Women, the Mississippi State Democratic Party, and friends this afternoon at the State Capitol for an important announcement.

Participants will be available to the media following the announcement, and a prepared release will be distributed.

The announcement is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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