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Three races heading to runoff

By Zack Steen


Local voters will head back to the poles in two weeks for a runoff election in three district and state races.

Appearing on the ballot on Nov. 27 will include a runoff for the Senate Special Election race and both judge seats.

U.S. Senate Special Election

Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy advanced Tuesday from a field of four candidates in the Senate Special Election race.

The winner of the runoff will serve the final two years of a term started by Republican Sen. Thad Cochran, who retired in April.

Hyde-Smith, who visited Iuka late last week, took 41.49 percent of the unofficial statewide count. Espy received 40.53 percent, while Republican Chris McDaniel took 16.53 percent and Democrat Tobey Bartee received 1.44 percent.

U.S. Senate

Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker won re-election against Democratic state Rep. David Baria and two other low-key candidates.

Wicker was appointed to Senate in 2007 and elected in 2008 and 2012. He is a fiscal and social conservative who serves on the Armed Forces Committee and led the Republicans' senatorial campaign committee in 2014.

"ĻIn unofficial numbers, Wicker received 58.8 percent, Baria 39.19 percent, Danny Bedwell 1.38 percent and Shawn O'Hara 0.63 percent.

U.S. House - 1st Congressional District

Republican U.S. Rep. Trent Kelly won a second full term in a north Mississippi congressional seat, defeating Democratic challenger Randy Wadkins.

Kelly, a former district attorney, first won election to Congress from the 1st District in 2015 after U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee died. Kelly heavily outraised Wadkins, a University of Mississippi chemistry professor.

Unofficial results have Kelly with 67.10 percent, Wadkins 32.20 percent and Reform canidate Tracella Lou O'Hara Hill 0.70 percent.

Judge seats

Unofficial numbers in the Chancery Judge District 1 Place 1 race have Prentiss County native Brad Tennison and Tupelo native Lisa Ann Koon heading to runoff.

In that race, Tennison took 31 percent of the vote, while Koon received 29 percent, Daniel Tucker 21 percent and Nathaniel Clark 19 percent.

Lee County native Kelly Mims and Tupelo native Sadie Gardner will also go to runoff for the Circuit Judge District 1 Place 3 seat.

Mims received 44 percent of the vote Tuesday night, with Gardner securing 39 percent and Brian Neely receiving 17 percent.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)