State Sen. Chris McDaniel says he hasn’t ruled out a run for lieutenant governor or some other state office, but his first preference would be a federal office, such as the one now held by U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo.

“If I had to rank, I think frankly I would prefer a federal position, only because I think at this stage more can be done in that regard,” McDaniel, R-Ellisville, said Wednesday. “I think a close second to that is my present position. I’m happy there … Naturally, there is no federal race this year, so that might tell you where my leaning is.”

McDaniel, who made national waves with his tea-party fueled, near-miss run against incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran last year, on Wednesday met with The Clarion-Ledger. He discussed his political future and ideology, problems he’s sees with the Republican Party in Mississippi and nationally, the United Conservatives Fund state PAC he’s founded, his 2014 Senate race and regrets – he admits he has a few. But challenging his loss to Cochran in court isn’t one of them.

Supporters have been pushing McDaniel to challenge incumbent Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves in the GOP primary this year. The deadline to qualify for state races is Feb. 27.

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