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Runoffs needed for U.S. Senate, 3rd district U.S. House in Mississippi

That runoff will be held on June 26 to set the field for the November general election.

Posted: Oct 23, 2018 9:48 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on Mississippi primaries for U.S. House and Senate (all times local):

10:20 p.m.

A district attorney and a former state development executive will meet in a runoff for the Republican nomination for an open congressional seat

Michael Guest and Whit Hughes led the vote-getters Tuesday in the Republican contest in Mississippi's 3rd Congressional District.

Guest is chief prosecutor in the Jackson suburbs of Madison and Rankin counties. Hughes was deputy director of the Mississippi Development Authority under Gov. Haley Barbour. He's now a fundraiser for a Baptist hospital system.

They led four other candidates Tuesday, with no one winning a majority.

The district has been represented for 10 years by retiring Republican Gregg Harper.

Hughes and Guest were the top two fundraisers, with Hughes raising $430,000 and Guest raising $400,000.

The winner of the June 26 runoff faces Democratic state Rep. Michael Ted Evans of Preston and Reform Party member Matthew Holland of Hattiesburg in November.

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9:40 p.m.

David Baria and Howard Sherman are headed to a June 26 runoff in Mississippi's Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.

Six candidates ran in Tuesday's primary.

The Senate seat has been held since 2007 by Republican Roger Wicker. Mississippi last had a Democrat in the Senate in 1989.

Baria, of Bay St. Louis, is an attorney and served one term in the state Senate before being elected in 2011 to the Republican-led Mississippi House, where he's now the Democratic leader. He criticizes Republicans for cutting taxes and refusing to expand Medicaid.

Sherman is a venture capitalist and the husband of actress Sela Ward. They raised their two children in Los Angeles, where he grew up, and the couple now lives near her hometown of Meridian, Mississippi.

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9 p.m.

A state representative has won the Democratic nomination for an open congressional seat.

State Rep. Michael Ted Evans of Preston has beaten police investigator Michael Aycox.

A chicken farmer and former volunteer firefighter, Evans has campaigned on using congressional office to aid Mississippi problems including infrastructure, health care, education and broadband internet for rural areas.

Aycox, a Navy veteran who lives in Hickory, was making his first bid for public office. Aycox ran on protecting federal spending and making Congress more accessible to common citizens.

Republican Gregg Harper, who is retiring, has represented the district for 10 years.

Aycox raised only $1,500, while a finance report wasn't posted for Evans.

Evans will face a Republican and Reform Party member Matthew Holland of Hattiesburg in November.

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8:10 p.m

Incumbent U.S. Rep Steven Palazzo has won his bid for the Republican nomination in south Mississippi's 4th Congressional District.

Palazzo on Tuesday beat GOP primary challenger Brian Rose, clearing the way for the Biloxi Republican to run for a fifth term in Congress. An accountant, Palazzo served as a state representative before being elected to Congress. A Marine Corps veteran and member of the National Guard, Palazzo touts his support for the military and for tax cuts. Rose argued that, if anything, Palazzo wasn't conservative enough.

Palazzo raised $550,000 since 2017 and had $413,000 on hand in mid-May. Rose raised $26,000.

Palazzo will face Democrat Jeramey Anderson and Reform Party member LaJena Sheets of Hattiesburg in the general election in November. Anderson, a state representative from Moss Point, was unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

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7:55 p.m.

Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi has won his party's primary, months after being endorsed by President Donald Trump.

Mississippi is heavily Republican; it last had a Democrat in the Senate in 1989.

Wicker said in a recent fundraising appeal that he wants to help the president "enact his America-first policies." In Tuesday's primary, he defeated one opponent, Richard Boyanton. Boyanton ran a low-budget campaign.

Wicker served nearly 13 years in the U.S. House before he was appointed to the Senate when fellow Republican Trent Lott resigned in late 2007.

Six people are competing Tuesday in Mississippi's Democratic primary for Senate. They include state lawmakers David Baria and Omeria Scott and venture capitalist Howard Sherman, who is married to TV and movie actress Sela Ward.

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6:55 p.m.

Polls are closing for U.S. House and Senate primaries in Mississippi.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says people who are already in line when polls close at 7 p.m. are allowed to stay and vote. A spokeswoman for Hosemann's office says turnout was low statewide.

Six Democrats were in a primary for a U.S. Senate seat now held by Republican Roger Wicker. President Donald Trump tweeted his support of Wicker on Tuesday as Wicker faced one challenger in the GOP primary.

In central Mississippi's 3rd Congressional District, six Republicans and two Democrats were competing in party primaries. Republican Rep. Gregg Harper did not seek re-election.

In the southern 4th District, Rep. Steven Palazzo had one challenger in the Republican primary.

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5:25 p.m.

Mississippi election officials are saying turnout is low for party primaries for the U.S. House and Senate.

The secretary of state's office has 26 election observers in various parts of the state. The spokeswoman for the office, Leah Rupp Smith, says that based on what they are seeing and on phone calls to other places, turnout is sparse.

She says the best turnout appears to be in the 3rd Congressional District in the central part of the state. Six candidates are in the Republican primary and two are in the Democratic primary. The current congressman, Republican Gregg Harper, did not seek re-election.

Six Democrats are in a statewide primary for a U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Roger Wicker. He faces one challenger in the GOP primary.

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11:13 p.m.

Mississippi voters are casting ballots in party primaries for one U.S. Senate seat and two U.S. House seats.

Polls are open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday.

Incumbent U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker faces challenger Richard Boyanton in the Republican primary. Six Democrats vie for their party's nomination, including state representatives David Baria and Omeria Scott and businessman Howard Sherman.

Both parties have primaries in the 3rd Congressional District. Republican candidates include District Attorney Michael Guest, former development official Whit Hughes and state Sen. Sally Doty. Also running are Perry Parker, Morgan Dunn and Katherine "Bitzi" Tate. For the Democratic nomination, state Rep. Michael Ted Evans faces Michael Aycox.

In the 4th Congressional District, incumbent Republican Steven Palazzo faces challenger Brian Rose.

Runoffs, if needed, are June 26.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 36680

Reported Deaths: 1250
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Hinds299254
DeSoto195920
Madison148439
Jones122449
Harrison117716
Rankin112619
Neshoba104677
Forrest103843
Lauderdale96681
Scott82415
Jackson79819
Washington73713
Copiah67016
Leake63420
Lee62822
Oktibbeha61928
Grenada6049
Warren60021
Holmes59541
Lamar5837
Wayne56519
Yazoo5607
Lowndes54817
Leflore53456
Lincoln53335
Lafayette5064
Pike50520
Sunflower5048
Monroe46135
Panola4546
Covington4465
Simpson4433
Bolivar41218
Tate39213
Attala38624
Newton37610
Adams35820
Pontotoc3556
Marion34512
Claiborne30811
Pearl River30332
Winston30111
Chickasaw30019
Marshall2923
Jasper2816
Noxubee2799
Walthall2708
Clay26111
Union25412
Smith25212
Coahoma2306
Clarke22325
Lawrence2132
Yalobusha2089
Tallahatchie1954
Kemper18414
Carroll18211
Montgomery1793
Calhoun1705
Humphreys16910
Hancock14813
Itawamba1478
Tippah14611
Webster13411
Jefferson1283
Prentiss1274
Jefferson Davis1254
Tunica1253
George1233
Greene11610
Amite1123
Alcorn1072
Tishomingo1061
Quitman1011
Wilkinson989
Perry914
Stone772
Choctaw764
Franklin542
Sharkey480
Benton470
Issaquena101
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 54768

Reported Deaths: 1096
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson6746170
Mobile4904140
Montgomery4547112
Tuscaloosa269053
Madison22689
Marshall198011
Shelby169125
Lee159637
Morgan13385
Baldwin127711
Walker107532
Elmore106721
Etowah101114
Dallas10029
DeKalb9677
Franklin93816
Autauga69815
Russell6860
Unassigned67928
Chambers67730
Butler65229
Limestone6393
Tallapoosa63069
Cullman6156
Houston6077
Lauderdale5776
St. Clair5443
Calhoun5155
Colbert5096
Escambia4888
Lowndes48422
Pike4795
Jackson4352
Coffee4284
Covington41612
Talladega4017
Barbour3992
Dale3951
Bullock37810
Hale35423
Marengo35411
Chilton3312
Blount3201
Clarke3176
Wilcox3038
Winston2995
Sumter29213
Marion29014
Pickens2746
Randolph2639
Monroe2603
Perry2502
Conecuh2318
Bibb2241
Macon2199
Choctaw21712
Greene1989
Henry1553
Washington1488
Lawrence1360
Crenshaw1323
Cherokee1247
Geneva980
Lamar891
Clay852
Fayette851
Coosa661
Cleburne451
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