Barbour sets election date for Senate vacancy

By NEMS Daily Journal

JACKSON – A special election for a Mississippi Senate seat formerly held by Democrat Jack Gordon will be held Nov. 8, the same day as the state general election, Gov. Haley Barbour announced.
The post represents District 8, which includes parts of Calhoun, Chickasaw, Grenada and Lee counties. The vacancy was created by Gordon’s death on May 7.
The qualifying deadline for the election will be Oct. 9. If a runoff is necessary, it will be Nov. 29.
The winner will serve the remainder of the office’s term, through the end of 2011. The position will be on the ballot this year as part of the regular state election cycle.
Gordon died after battling a brain tumor.
It’s unclear whether the special election winner will get to do any work as a senator. Winners of the regular legislative elections take office in early January.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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