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Mississippi 2018 Elections

Read stories about the state's Congressional elections in 2018 from crowded primary races to the Senate special election for Sen. Thad Cochran's seat. Also read questionnaires from primary Congressional candidates in their own words.

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Deval Patrick to Join Mike Espy in Hattiesburg Saturday

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Former Democratic Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will campaign with Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy on Friday, Sept. 21, in downtown Hattiesburg.

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Ron Paul Endorses Chris McDaniel for Cochran's U.S. Senate Seat

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Former Texas Congressman Ron Paul urged voters to elect "courageous leaders" like Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, "to stand up to the establishment in Washington" in an endorsement McDaniel's campaign announced via press release Wednesday.

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‘It Only Matters What You Answer To’: The JFP Interview with Mike Espy

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Mike Espy has neither sought nor served in public office since 1994; this year's U.S. Senate special election marks Espy's re-entry into politics as he runs in the special election for the seat formerly held by his friend, Republican Sen. Thad Cochran.

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Hyde-Smith: McDaniel's 'Toxic Image' Similar to Roy Moore's

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Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith is criticizing her opponent, State Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, for recent comments she says "demeaned" black Mississippians and a history of "derogatory" comments about women.

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U.S. Senate Race: Baria Announces 12 Town Hall Candidate Forums

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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate David Baria, who is challenging incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker for his seat, announced 12 town-hall-style candidate forums "where voters will have the opportunity to directly questions to the candidates" in a press release Tuesday.

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Hyde-Smith Declines Invite to Mississippi's First U.S. Senate Debate in 10 Years

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Exactly 10 years and one day after the last time Mississippi voters had a chance to watch their top-tier U.S. Senate candidates debate, Millsaps College and Mississippi Public Broadcasting will host three of the candidates in this year's U.S. Senate special election on Oct. 4.

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McDaniel: Black Mississippians Begged for 'Government Scraps' for 100 Years

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The 38 percent of Mississippians who are black voters have been "begging for government scraps" for 100 years, Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel, a Republican U.S. Senate candidate, said Friday morning in a special Mississippi edition of MSNBC's Morning Joe broadcast live from Oxford, Miss.

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Bucking Conventional Wisdom, David Baria Touts Pro-Roe, Liberal Platform

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In his first general election campaign ad, Mississippi Democratic House Minority Leader David Baria positioned himself as an unapologetic liberal in his bid for the U.S. Senate seat that Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker currently holds.

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Historic Victory for Espy in Mississippi Is 'Not An Illusion,' George Will Says

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Democrat Mike Espy could be the next U.S. senator from Mississippi, renowned conservative columnist George Will wrote in a Sept. 5 piece in the Washington Post.

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Trump Cancels Mississippi Rally to Boost Cindy Hyde-Smith Campaign

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President Donald Trump plans to hold a rally in Mississippi to support incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith as she fights to hold the seat that Gov. Phil Bryant appointed her to in April.

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Making ‘Black Voters Matter’ in the Deep South

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LaTosha Brown, who co-founded Black Voters Matter, stopped in Jackson on Aug. 24, 2018 to network with black women as part of her organization’s “The South is Rising Tour.”

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McDaniel Cites Kinship with Bernie Sanders, Ronald Reagan at Petal Rally

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey appointed former Sen. Jon Kyl to fill the late John McCain's U.S. Senate seat on Tuesday, but said he has only committed to serve until the end of the year.

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Black Mississippi Mayors Endorse Espy at Civil Rights Museum

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Nearly a dozen black mayors from cities and towns throughout Mississippi took the stage Thursday afternoon at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum to endorse Mike Espy in his campaign for the U.S. Senate seat Thad Cochran vacated in March.

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McDaniel Embraces Trump's Trade Agenda, Criticizes 'Free Trade' 'Capitalists'

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel endorsed President Donald Trump's trade agenda Wednesday, taking aim at opponent Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and "the capitalists who've been championing so-called 'free trade.'"

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U.S. Senate Hopefuls McDaniel, Baria Explain Votes Against Lottery

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Mississippi House of Representatives Minority Leader Rep. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, and State Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, both voted against a state lottery bill lawmakers sent to the governor's desk Tuesday.


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'Run, Jim, Run': AG Hood on Race for Governor, Women Empowerment

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Women for Progress of Mississippi hosted a women's issues forum called "She is Running," where Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood offered remarks about the role of women in his prosecutorial career.

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Aiming for Alabama-like Victory, Espy Opens ‘Modern’ Campaign Headquarters

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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy announced what he called “the most modern headquarters that I think any Democrat has had in Mississippi’s history” at a ceremony for the opening of his new Jackson campaign office Saturday, Aug. 25.

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McDaniel Rages Against the GOP After Trump Endorses Hyde-Smith

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JACKSON — Republican Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel raged at his own party on Thursday after President Donald Trump endorsed his opponent, incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, in the special election for her U.S. Senate seat.

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Karl Rove Helps Sen. Wicker Raise $5,000 Per Couple at Private Jackson Dinner

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Karl Rove, the political strategist and senior adviser to President George W. Bush, helped raise campaign funds for Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker at the home of Cissye and Billy Mounger in north Jackson on Aug. 18.

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Busting Chris McDaniel’s Confederate Myths

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Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, spent the early months of his 2014 Republican primary bid for U.S. Senate downplaying his ties to neo-Confederate groups.

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Sen. Chris McDaniel Blasts 'Snowflake Stalkers' After Lee Poll Backfires

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Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel derided critics as "snowflake stalkers" Sunday after his tweet about Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and a follow-up poll went awry.

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Signs of Danger for GOP in Polls of Mississippi's U.S. Senate Race

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The race in Mississippi for the seat that U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran vacated in April is functionally tied between Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy, a leaked GOP poll from Hyde-Smith's campaign found.

Civil Rights

Baria: 'My Son Will Feel Pain' When He Looks At Mississippi's Flag

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The people of Mississippi have "a duty to acknowledge that hatred and racism remain alive and well in America today," Mississippi State Rep. David Baria, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday.

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Delbert Hosemann Will Seek Higher Office; Not Running for Re-election

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Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann drew boos from a crowd of supporters on Wednesday at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Miss., when he announced he would not run for for re-election, but he quickly calmed them by teasing another possibility.

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ABC News: Race to Replace Sen. Thad Cochran 'Could Reshape Washington'

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The race to decide who will win Mississippi's U.S. Senate seat that Thad Cochran vacated is one of the "races that could reshape Washington and the country," ABC News said Monday.

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Espy: Trump Tariffs Hurt Mississippi Farmers; Opponents Dodge Issue

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President Donald Trump's tariffs on China are hurting Mississippi farmers, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy said in a press conference at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum on Friday.

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Cory Booker: U.S. Senate Hopeful Mike Espy Is South's Rising Star

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"That is the star that I see rising in the South," U.S. Sen. Cory Booker said of former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy. "That is the hope that this nation must have in Washington, D.C. And God willing, the people of Mississippi willing, we will have Mike Espy as the next United States senator."

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Sherman Alleges Dirty Politics, As Baria Claims Solid Victory in Senate Bid

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With his family by his side, Rep. David Baria, leader of the Mississippi House Democratic Caucus, declared victory in his bid for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, at Murky Waters in Gulfport, on Tuesday night after the announcement of the results of the primary run-off.

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Guest Wins Run-Off: 'All I Can Say is Thank You'

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The celebratory atmosphere filled Mudbugs in Brandon—even before the primary run-off results came in. The crowd knew their candidate, Michael Guest, would win the Republican nomination for the Third U.S. Congressional District, and he did.

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David Baria Wins Senate Runoff: 'I Ain't Scared' to Face Wicker in November

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With his family by his side, Rep. David Baria, leader of the Mississippi House Democratic Caucus, declared victory in his bid for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate Tuesday night.

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UPDATE: Run-off Issues: What Candidates Support, Believe; Vote Today Until 7 p.m.

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Two spots on the November ballot are up for grabs today, as Mississippians head to the polls for a run-off election.

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Low Turnout Expected for June 26 Run-Off Election, Secretary of State Predicts

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The run-off election on June 26 likely will have low turnout, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said at a press conference on June 21.

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Run-Off Blues: Inside the Playoff to Challenge Roger Wicker

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Democratic U.S. Senate contenders David Baria and Howard Sherman share a common interest in basketball, at least for campaign metaphor purposes.

JFP Interviews

'Thinking Out of the Box': The JFP Interview with Howard Sherman

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Howard Sherman won the most votes (about 31 percent) on June 5 in the Democratic primary for Sen. Roger Wicker's Senate seat.

JFP Interviews

'I Don't Mind Long Odds': The JFP Interview with David Baria

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David Baria knew he was fighting an uphill battle when he decided to run for U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker's long-held Senate seat. Baria's first challenge, however, is securing the Democratic spot on the November ballot.

JFP Interviews

Whit Hughes: 'Ready to Fight' in Congress

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In a recent interview with the Jackson Free Press, Whit Hughes did not veer far from the established Republican line his mentor Haley Barbour made popular—low taxes, scant regulations (including on guns), no abortion rights, and less reliance on federal educational standards.

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UPDATED: Rep. Thompson Returns Sherman Donation; Will Endorse Baria

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David Baria and Howard Sherman have both donated to federal election campaigns. Baria has donated to strictly Democratic campaigns, while Sherman has donated to Republicans and recently, Democrats.

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Off To The Races: Mississippi Elections 2018

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Mississippians will soon head to the polls for a federal election for the first time since Donald Trump became president in 2016. On Tuesday, June 5, registered voters can choose a ballot for either the Republican or Democratic primary election.

Editor's Note

EDITOR'S NOTE: Midterm Madness Comes to Mississippi

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Editor-in-Chief Donna Ladd and Publisher Todd Stauffer started Best of Jackson almost 16 years ago to uplift the city because back then it was in a bad place, much worse than it is now.

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Candidate Questionnaire: Richard Boyanton

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Richard Boyanton is challenging Roger Wicker for his Senate seat in the primary election on June 5.

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Candidate Questionnaire: Roger Wicker

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Sen. Roger Wicker is the incumbent for his own Senate seat, which he has held since 2007. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives before then.

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Candidate Questionnaire: David Baria

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David Baria, a longtime state lawmaker, has set his sights on D.C. with a run for Sen. Roger Wicker’s Senate seat; his first challenge will be the crowded Democratic primary in June.

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Candidate Questionnaire: Jensen Bohren

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Jensen Bohren is running in the crowded Democratic primary race for the Senate; he is running on being a “true left-leaning” candidate.

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Candidate Questionnaire: Jerone Garland

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Jerone Garland, a Kosciusko native, is running in a crowded race of Democrats, who want to replace Sen. Roger Wicker in the Senate.

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Candidate Questionnaire: Victor Maurice Jr.

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Victor Maurice Jr. is one of six Democratic candidates running in the Senate primary election on June 5.

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Candidate Questionnaire: Howard Sherman

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Howard Sherman, an investor and husband to actress Sela Ward, is running as a Democrat in the crowded primary for Sen. Roger Wicker’s seat.

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Candidate Questionnaire: Michael Aycox

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Michael Aycox is challenging Rep. Michael Ted Evans in the Democratic primary race to become the District 3 Representative in Congress.

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Candidate Questionnaire: Michael Ted Evans

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Rep. Michael Ted Evans will face Michael Aycox in the June 5 primary to be the Democratic challenger in the District 3 race to fill Rep. Gregg Harper’s seat in the House of Representatives.

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Candidate Questionnaire: Sally Doty

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State Sen. Sally Doty is the only current politician in the Republican race to represent District 3 in Congress; she faces a crowded primary on June 5.

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Candidate Questionnaire: Morgan Dunn

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Morgan Dunn is a local business owner and health care business consultant running to replace Rep. Gregg Harper in the House of Representatives.

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Candidate Questionnaire: Michael Guest

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Michael Guest, the district attorney for Madison and Rankin Counties, is running to replace Rep. Gregg Harper to represent District 3 in Congress.

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Candidate Questionnaire: Perry Parker

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Perry Parker, an investor and cattle farmer from Seminary, is running to replace Gregg Harper in the House of Representatives.

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Candidate Questionnaire: Katherine 'Bitzi' Tate

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Katherine Tate has not raised any campaign finances and is running on a campaign against federal intervention—particularly in schools.

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Candidate Questionnaire: Steven Palazzo

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Congressman Steven Palazzo, who has been in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2011. He has a primary election challenger in Republican Brian Rose, who supports term limits.

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Candidate Questionnaire: Randy Mack Wadkins

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Randy Wadkins does not have a primary election challenger, and he is the only Democrat challenging Republican Rep. Trent Kelly in November to represent District 1 in Congress.

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Candidate Questionnaire: Jeramey Anderson

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Jeramey Anderson, one of the youngest lawmakers in the Mississippi Legislature, is challenging whoever wins the Republican primary in June to represent District 4 in November. He does not have a primary challenger.

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Candidate Questionnaire: Bennie Thompson

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Congressman Bennie Thompson, the only Democratic representative in Congress for Mississippi, has no primary election challengers, and no Republicans are running for his seat.