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Baria, Guest win congressional primary runoffs

David Baria (l) and Michael Guest

Mississippi Democrats choose someone to challenge GOP U.S. Senator Roger Wicker; 3rd District Republicans decide on a nominee to replace Congressman Gregg Harper.

Posted: Oct 23, 2018 9:46 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a Republican U.S. House and Democratic U.S. Senate primary in Mississippi (all times local):

8:44 p.m.

Mississippi Democrats are nominating state Rep. David Baria to challenge incumbent U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, lining up behind a party stalwart as they reject a bid by a newcomer.

Baria is a Bay St. Louis attorney. He beat venture capitalist Howard Sherman of Meridian in Tuesday's runoff.

Many Democratic politicians backed Baria, the state House minority leader, arguing that Sherman was an unknown quantity. The husband of actress Sela Ward, Sherman voted as a Republican in California and donated to Wicker. Sherman said that was an effort to prevent a tea party conservative from winning office.

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8:10 p.m.

A Mississippi district attorney has won the Republican nomination for an open congressional seat.

Michael Guest, the chief prosecutor in the Jackson suburbs of Madison and Rankin counties, beat a former state development executive Whit Hughes Tuesday in the GOP runoff for the 3rd Congressional District.

The 48-year-old Guest led the June 5 primary handily, while Hughes ran a distant second.

Guest will face state Rep. Michael Ted Evans of Preston and Reform Party member Matthew Holland in November.

The district has been represented for the last 10 years by Gregg Harper, a fellow Rankin County Republican who is retiring. The district contains 24 counties running diagonally across the middle of the state, from Natchez through the Jackson suburbs and farther northeast to Starkville.

Guest raised more than $450,000 through early June

6:55 p.m.

Polls are closing in Mississippi, where Democratic voters are deciding a nominee to challenge an incumbent Republican senator, and Republicans are choosing a congressional nominee for an open seat.

In the Democratic runoff, state House minority leader David Baria of Bay St. Louis faces venture capitalist Howard Sherman of Meridian. The winner will face U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker in November.

Baria has emphasized his Democratic service and promised to champion party priorities. Sherman, the husband of actress Sela Ward, has faced criticism for voting Republican when he lived in California and giving money to Republicans including Wicker. He's emphasized his business experience and promised fresh approaches to Mississippi's problems.

In a district that runs diagonally across central Mississippi, District Attorney Michael Guest of Brandon is trying to clinch the Republican nomination over hospital fundraiser Whit Hughes of Madison.

6:15 p.m.

Voters in a Mississippi Republican congressional primary say their choice is between the experience of a longtime prosecutor and the new voice of a hospital fundraiser.

District Attorney Michael Guest of Brandon is seeking the GOP nomination in central Mississippi's 3rd Congressional District against hospital fundraiser and former state economic development official Whit Hughes of Madison. Guest easily finished first in the June 6 primary.

After voting for Hughes on Tuesday, voter Leigh Ann King of Madison said, "He's never been in politics. He's somebody who I think will go in with an open mind."

Others, though, said Guest was a known quality and they approve of his performance as a prosecutor in Madison and Rankin counties.

Seventy-six-year-old retiree Gerald Smith of Madison says of Guest: "He has a track record, which is one of the things that I liked about him."

12:30 p.m.

Mississippi Secretary of Delbert Hosemann says turnout is "exceptionally" low in primary runoffs Tuesday.

Voters have until 7 p.m. to cast ballots for the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate and the Republican nominee for a U.S. House seat in 24 counties across central Mississippi.

Hosemann says spot checks by staff members in 24 counties indicate few voters in either contest.

The secretary of state says voting has proceeded smoothly, except for a period early this morning where the congressional runoff between Michael Guest of Brandon and Whit Hughes of Madison wasn't on electronic ballots in Simpson County. Hosemann says those voters were offered paper ballots instead.

Democrats statewide are choosing between state House minority leader David Baria of Bay St. Louis and venture capitalist Howard Sherman of Meridian. The winner will challenge U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and two other candidates in November.

8:30 a.m.

A relative handful of voters could choose Mississippi's Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate and the Republican nominee for a U.S. House seat.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is warning that turnout could be abysmal in Tuesday's runoff.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Voters in the 3rd District will choose a Republican nominee to succeed retiring U.S. Rep Greg Harper. District Attorney Michael Guest of Brandon led hospital fundraiser Whit Hughes of Madison in the first primary June 5.

The district contains 24 counties running diagonally across the state's middle.

Democrats statewide will choose between state House minority leader David Baria of Bay St. Louis and venture capitalist Howard Sherman of Meridian. The winner will challenge U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and two other candidates in November.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 30674

Reported Deaths: 1107
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds248039
DeSoto157216
Madison129634
Jones112049
Neshoba98571
Rankin91612
Lauderdale90879
Harrison88610
Forrest86042
Scott77015
Jackson61616
Copiah60216
Washington5789
Leake57519
Holmes55141
Lee54718
Wayne54213
Oktibbeha54126
Warren51118
Yazoo5056
Leflore48651
Lowndes48312
Grenada4795
Lamar4567
Lincoln45434
Pike43112
Monroe39930
Lafayette3894
Sunflower3737
Attala35923
Covington3475
Panola3456
Newton3399
Bolivar33414
Adams31018
Simpson3103
Pontotoc2836
Tate27810
Chickasaw27618
Marion27511
Claiborne27010
Jasper2616
Noxubee2618
Winston2596
Pearl River25432
Clay24910
Marshall2263
Smith22011
Union2079
Clarke20624
Walthall2004
Coahoma1996
Kemper17814
Lawrence1741
Yalobusha1717
Carroll16411
Humphreys1479
Tallahatchie1364
Itawamba1358
Montgomery1312
Tippah13011
Calhoun1294
Hancock12613
Webster12510
Jefferson Davis1114
Prentiss1083
Jefferson1073
Greene1058
Tunica1003
Wilkinson949
Amite892
George863
Tishomingo781
Quitman760
Choctaw744
Alcorn682
Perry664
Stone641
Franklin452
Sharkey350
Benton340
Issaquena91
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 41362

Reported Deaths: 983
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson4944152
Montgomery4021103
Mobile4005134
Tuscaloosa222642
Marshall170210
Lee135937
Madison13597
Shelby122723
Morgan10715
Walker91424
Elmore90314
Franklin88914
Dallas8799
Baldwin8469
Etowah72713
DeKalb7075
Butler62428
Chambers62427
Tallapoosa58869
Autauga58312
Russell5450
Unassigned50323
Lauderdale4896
Limestone4810
Houston4794
Lowndes46721
Cullman4394
Pike4205
Colbert3916
Coffee3732
Bullock36810
St. Clair3662
Covington3547
Barbour3472
Escambia3376
Calhoun3325
Hale31021
Talladega3037
Marengo30211
Wilcox2908
Sumter28412
Dale2820
Clarke2736
Jackson2682
Winston2543
Chilton2392
Monroe2342
Blount2301
Pickens2276
Marion21913
Conecuh2047
Randolph2009
Choctaw19512
Bibb1871
Macon1859
Greene1838
Perry1701
Henry1323
Crenshaw1253
Lawrence1070
Washington1057
Cherokee857
Geneva790
Lamar751
Fayette681
Clay642
Coosa581
Cleburne361
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