Mississippi voters in the June primary can expected to see contested races for the state’s four Congressional seats.
There will be Democratic and Republican primaries held for all the Congressional seats, according to the Secretary of State’s office. The winners will advance to the Nov. 8 general election.
Monday was the deadline to submit a voter registration application. Residents can confirm whether they are already registered at www.yallvote.ms and entering their county, name, birthdate and last four digits of their social security number.
Mississippi has four Congressional districts whose boundaries were redrawn during the 2022 legislative session.
The current incumbent U.S. representatives are Trent Kelly, 1st District; Bennie Thompson, 2nd District; Michael Guest, 3rd District and Steven Palazzo, 4th District.
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Kelly is facing one Republican challenger, Mark Strauss, and two Democratic candidates are seeking the party’s nomination: Hunter Avery and Dianne Black.
Thompson, who has served in the seat since 1993, has one Democratic challenger, Jerry Kerner, and four Republican candidates will appear on the primary ballot: Michael Carson, Ronald Eller, Brian Flowers and Stanford Johnson.
Guest will face two Republican challengers: Michael Cassidy and Thomas Griffin. Democratic candidate Shuwaski Young will also appear on the primary ballot.
The 4th District Congressional race features the most candidates — 10.
Incumbent Palazzo has been under federal investigation since August 2020 for allegedly using campaign money for personal benefit, allegations of wrongdoing he has denied.
Six Republican candidates who will go against Palazzo in the primary are Raymond Brooks, Mike Ezell, Carl Boyanton, Kidron Peterson, Clay Wagner and Brice Wiggins.
The Democratic candidates are Johnny DuPree and David Sellers. Alden Johnson is running as a Libertarian.
Judicial races for chancery and circuit court and the Court of Appeals will appear on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.
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