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Mississippi Holds Democratic and GOP Primary Runoffs Tuesday

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi voters face runoff elections Tuesday to choose party nominees for two regional commissions and 12 legislative seats.

Polls will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

People must show a driver's license or other government-issued photo identification to vote.

And, there is a restriction on who can cast a ballot: Those who voted in one party's primary on Aug. 4 may not vote in the other party's runoff Tuesday.


DEMOCRATIC RUNOFFS:

— Transportation Commission, Central District: Businessman Robert Amos and longtime state Rep. Mary Coleman, both of Jackson, are competing for the Democratic nomination for one of three seats on the state commission. The winner will face Republican incumbent Dick Hall of Brandon in the Nov. 3 general election.

The 22 counties in the Central District are: Bolivar, Claiborne, Copiah, Hinds, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Jefferson, Kemper, Lauderdale, Leake, Madison, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Rankin, Scott, Sharkey, Sunflower, Warren, Washington and Yazoo.

— Senate District 34: Juan Barnett and Trey Chinn compete in parts of Forrest, Jasper and Jones counties. The winner will be unopposed in November and will begin a four-year term in January. The current District 34 senator, Democrat Haskins Montgomery of Bay Springs, did not seek re-election.

— Senate District 38: Angela Brooks and Tammy Witherspoon compete in parts of Adams, Amite, Pike, Walthall and Wilkinson counties. The winner will face Republican Dennis C. Quinn in the general election. The current District 38 senator, Democrat Kelvin Butler of McComb, did not seek re-election.

— House District 27: Leroy Lacy and Kenneth Walker compete in parts of Attala, Leake, Madison and Yazoo counties. The winner will face Republican Ricky Dewayne Gill in November. The current District 27 representative, Democrat Ferr Smith of Carthage, did not seek re-election.

— House District 30: Incumbent Robert Huddleston and Lester Williams compete in parts of Bolivar, Quitman, Sunflower and Tallahatchie counties. The winner will be unopposed in November and will begin a four-year term in January.

— House District 36: Incumbent Karl Gibbs and Jimmy Davidson compete in parts of Clay and Monroe counties. The winner will be unopposed in November and will begin a four-year term in January.

— House District 42: Carl Mickens and Eugene Crosby compete in parts of Lowndes, Noxubee and Winston counties. The winner will face independent Dorothy Baker Hines in the general election. The current District 42 representative, Democrat Reecy Dickson of Macon, was defeated in the Aug. 4 primary.

— House District 70: Kathy Sykes and Samuel Begley compete in part of Hinds County. The winner will face Republican James "Pete" Perry in the general election. The current District 70 representative, Democrat Jim Evans of Jackson, did not seek re-election.


REPUBLICAN RUNOFFS:

— Public Service Commission, Southern District: Business investment adviser Sam Britton of Laurel and first-term state Sen. Tony Smith of Picayune are competing for the Republican nomination for one of three seats on the commission. The winner will face Democrat Tom Blanton and Reform Party candidate Lonny Keith Spence, both of Hattiesburg, in the general election.

The 27 counties in the Southern District are: Adams, Amite, Clarke, Covington, Forrest, Franklin, George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lamar, Lawrence, Lincoln, Marion, Pearl River, Perry, Pike, Simpson, Smith, Stone, Walthall, Wayne and Wilkinson.

— Senate District 18: Mark Forsman and Jenifer Branning compete in parts of Leake, Neshoba and Winston counties. The winner will be unopposed in November and will begin a four-year term in January. The current District 18 senator, Republican Giles Ward of Louisville, did not seek re-election.

— Senate District 47: Mike Tyson and Joseph Seymour compete in parts of Jackson, Pearl River and Stone counties. The winner will face Democrat Jimmy "Bo" Alawine in the general election. The current District 27 senator, Republican Tony Smith of Picayune, is running for a seat on the Public Service Commission.

— House District 24: Jeff Hale and Rob Goudy compete in part of DeSoto County. The winner will be unopposed in November and will begin a four-year term in January. This is a new district created because of growth in DeSoto County; the previous District 24 is in a different part of the state and has been renumbered.

— House District 46: Karl Oliver and Shed Hunger compete in parts of Carroll, Grenada, Leflore, Montgomery and Webster counties. The winner will face Democrat Ken Strachan in the general election.

— House District 87: Chris Johnson and Michael Davis compete in parts of Forrest and Lamar counties. The winner will face independent Paul B. Johnson IV in the general election. This is a new district created because of growth; the previous District 87 included different counties and it was reconfigured during redistricting.

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