LAKE, Miss. (AP) — Candidates are competing for attention as they run for a rare open congressional seat in Mississippi.
Six Republicans and two Democrats are on party primary ballots Tuesday in the 3rd District, which cuts through 24 counties in the central part of the state. The Republican race could go to a June 26 runoff.
Mississippi traditionally re-elects congressmen for long stretches. But Republican Rep. Gregg Harper isn't running this year, saying a decade in Washington is enough.
During a recent fish fry in the small town of Lake, all six Republican candidates spoke for small government, low taxes and a strong military.
The lone Democrat there pledged to support fellow military veterans. The other Democrat sent written answers to questions, pledging to work across party lines to support working families.