2 Reform candidates removed from Miss. ballots

By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi election commissioners voted Tuesday to remove two Reform Party candidates from the Nov. 8 ballot, saying the candidates couldn’t prove they meet residency requirements.

The vote Tuesday was 2-0 to remove Luke Pannell of Hattiesburg as a candidate for secretary of state.

Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood and Republican Senate President Pro Tempore Billy Hewes voted for the removal.

Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann abstained from voting because it affected his campaign. He is now unopposed.

Hewes was voting in place of Gov. Haley Barbour, who was out of state.

The commission voted 3-0 to remove Yasming S. Johnson of Hattiesburg from the District 45 Senate race, leaving Republican Sen. Billy Hudson of Hattiesburg unopposed. District 45 includes parts of Forrest, Lamar, Pearl River, Perry and Stone counties.