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May 12 election set to fill north Mississippi US House seat

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has set a May 12 special election to fill a vacancy in the U.S. House.

The seat for the 1st Congressional District in north Mississippi has been open since the Feb. 6 death of Republican Rep. Alan Nunnelee.

Candidates have a March 27 deadline to qualify for the race, and they will run without party labels.

If a runoff is needed, it will be June 2.

The 1st District stretches from Memphis, Tennessee, suburbs in DeSoto County, down to the Golden Triangle area in the north central part of the state.

It includes Southaven, Oxford, Tupelo, Iuka, Columbus and Louisville.

Nunnelee, of Tupelo, first won the seat in 2010. He was 56 when he died of brain cancer.



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  1. Okay, in the age of today’s electronic voting machines, how long before we know which two candidates will face each other in the runoff election? Or, which, by some miracle in such a large field, might have received over 50% of the votes to win? In a national election, with a hundred million voters, it takes only a day or less to announce winners. I “googled” for the answer, but found nothing on the internet, two days after the election!

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