Shows quitting, can't afford Senate race

Former South Mississippi congressman Ronnie Shows is pulling out of the Senate race.

The Bassfield resident told Seven on Your Side this afternoon he would need to raise at least $5 or 6 million to run a competitive statewide race. After weeks of making contacts, Shows says he has not been able to raise the money he feels is needed.

Shows and former governor Ronnie Musgrove, both Democrats, were challenging Roger Wicker for the seat vacated by Trent Lott. Wicker was appointed interim senator by Gov. Haley Barbour until the November elections.

In announcing his withdrawal, Shows threw his support to Musgrove, saying the former governor has a long history of working with all Mississippians to bring about change. He went on to say Musgrove is the best hope to be the independent voice this state needs in Washington.