No debate in GOP congressional primary runoff in Mississippi

Mississippi voters will not see a debate between two candidates before the Republican primary runoff in a congressional race.

Posted: Jun 9, 2018 11:20 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi voters will not see a debate between two candidates before the Republican primary runoff in a congressional race.

Michael Guest of Brandon and Whit Hughes of Madison emerged from a six-person primary Tuesday in central Mississippi's 3rd Congressional District. Guest, who is the district attorney in Madison and Rankin counties, received 45 percent of the vote, and Hughes, who is a former deputy director of the state economic development agency, received 22 percent.

Hughes challenged Guest to debate before the June 26 runoff, and Guest declined.

"I'm shocked that he refuses to debate me," Hughes said Friday. "Running for the U.S. House of Representatives is serious business."

Guest campaign spokesman Rob Pillow said people saw the six candidates in 12 forums before the first round of voting.

"Between now and June 26th, instead of more debates, Michael's focus will be on continuing to work in all 24 counties in the district to meet directly with voters and ask for their support in the runoff election," Pillow said.

Hughes said he will hold his own series of town hall meetings across the 3rd District, starting with one Monday in the small town of Liberty.

Republican Rep. Gregg Harper did not seek re-election this year, saying a decade in Washington is enough. The 3rd District stretches from the Mississippi River at Natchez up into part of Jackson and its suburbs and further northeast into Starkville.

In the Nov. 6 general election, the Republican nominee will face Democratic state Rep. Michael Ted Evans of Preston and Reform Party candidate Michael Holland of Hattiesburg. Holland lives outside the 3rd District. State election officials have said congressional candidates must live in the state where they run but may live outside the district.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 15752

Reported Deaths: 739
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds102826
Madison74223
Lauderdale74162
Neshoba67139
Jones65228
Scott64812
Forrest58338
DeSoto5507
Rankin4468
Holmes43428
Leake43112
Copiah3134
Jackson30713
Attala29817
Yazoo2834
Newton2784
Lincoln26629
Leflore26532
Harrison2617
Monroe26125
Oktibbeha24314
Lamar2395
Lowndes2199
Wayne2101
Pearl River20931
Pike20311
Adams20015
Washington1917
Noxubee1876
Warren17510
Covington1732
Bolivar16511
Jasper1634
Lee1546
Smith15211
Clarke14819
Kemper14511
Chickasaw13712
Lafayette1374
Coahoma1254
Winston1201
Carroll11711
Marion1179
Clay1144
Claiborne1102
Lawrence1061
Simpson1000
Tate951
Grenada953
Yalobusha945
Hancock9111
Itawamba887
Sunflower853
Wilkinson859
Montgomery851
Union845
Marshall813
Jefferson Davis773
Tippah7311
Panola713
Webster682
Calhoun654
Amite641
Humphreys597
Walthall570
Prentiss563
Tunica553
Perry503
Choctaw482
Jefferson421
Pontotoc363
Quitman340
Tishomingo320
Stone300
Franklin292
Tallahatchie271
George251
Alcorn171
Greene161
Benton140
Sharkey70
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 18246

Reported Deaths: 644
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Mobile2271118
Jefferson1859103
Montgomery175843
Tuscaloosa79916
Marshall7009
Franklin5628
Lee55033
Shelby52220
Tallapoosa42765
Butler41418
Unassigned3842
Walker3702
Elmore3628
Chambers35825
Madison3434
Baldwin2929
Morgan2871
Dallas2793
Etowah26012
Lowndes25212
DeKalb2493
Coffee2381
Autauga2335
Sumter2247
Houston2214
Bullock2096
Pike2060
Colbert1862
Russell1750
Hale1759
Barbour1721
Marengo1716
Lauderdale1662
Calhoun1643
Choctaw15310
Wilcox1507
Cullman1471
Clarke1462
St. Clair1281
Randolph1277
Dale1220
Marion12211
Pickens1184
Talladega1175
Limestone1080
Chilton1031
Greene954
Winston900
Macon854
Covington811
Jackson812
Henry802
Bibb761
Crenshaw753
Escambia723
Washington716
Blount631
Lawrence500
Monroe432
Geneva430
Perry420
Conecuh411
Coosa401
Cherokee383
Clay282
Lamar260
Fayette160
Cleburne151
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