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Why has the head of the Mississippi GOP stepped down?

State GOP chairman Joe Nosef dealt with the contentious Thad Cochran/Chris McDaniel race in 2014 and the election of President Donald Trump last year.
State GOP chairman Joe Nosef dealt with the contentious Thad Cochran/Chris McDaniel race in 2014 and the election of President Donald Trump last year. AP File

Mississippi Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef has resigned, Mississippi Today reported Wednesday.

He had three more years on a four-year term he began in 2016. He was first elected chairman in 2012 after running Haley Barbour’s re-election campaign in 2007 and serving as Gov. Phil Bryant’s chief of staff when Bryant was lieutenant governor.

He was the featured guest at the Pearl River County Republican Dinner and was a key player in a fundraiser in Ridgeland for U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo last month.

Nosef has been supportive of the Trump administration of late but had something of a feud with the Trump campaign over the state convention in April of 2016.

No reason has been given for his resignation. The GOP executive committee now must find and approve a new leader.

Paul Hampton: 228-284-7296, @JPaulHampton

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