ELECTION UPDATES: Nunnelee wins GOP congressional primary in 1st District

11:25 p.m.: “This is not a campaign for one man in office,” Alan Nunnelee told cheering supporters gathered at the Hilton Garden Inn in Tupelo. “This is a crusade to save America.”

Henry Ross did not concede the race. “We think it’s too close to call,” he said, “and we’ll review the results before making any announcements.”

Read more in Wednesday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.

10:28 p.m.: JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Alan Nunnelee has won the Republican nomination for a north Mississippi congressional seat.

Unofficial results from Tuesday’s three-person GOP primary in the 1st District show Nunnelee, a state senator from Tupelo, defeated former Eupora Mayor Henry Ross and Fox News analyst Angela McGlowan of Oxford.

Nunnelee will be on the Nov. 2 general election ballot with Democratic incumbent Travis Childers of Booneville and seven other candidates.

Childers has held the seat since mid-2008.

10:27 p.m.: Statement from GOP candidate Angela McGlowan of Oxford Tuesday night:

“Right now it looks like Alan is going to take the nomination. I will vote for Alan, but I will not endorse him, because he’s a RINO Republican, and he has raised folks’ taxes, and I think he would run amok in Washington, D.C., the same as any other incumbent politician.
“I will go and work diligently to defeat Obama and Nancy Pelosi – to defeat their agenda. I have run as an antiestablishment, anti-incumbent candidate, and I stand by my principles of not raising taxes on people. To flipflop in people in Jackson, Mississippi, you’ll flipflop on people in Washington, D.C.
“I pray Alan changes, and if he does, I’ll support him.
“We put up a great fight and won. I’m the first black woman ever to run in this district. We did it on a shoestring budget. People said we were going to come here and buy votes; we didn’t buy votes. People said we were going to bring Washington, D.C., here; we didn’t. We ran an earnest and honest campaign, and I know that we’ve inspired people. Y’all ought to be proud. I’m very happy that you guys were part of my team.
“This is a victory … because we’ve inspired others. We have greater things to do: We have to take on the liberals and the RINO Republicans.
“We put forth a great effort. I’m pretty sure FoxNews misses me; I miss my family. We brought a lot of attention to my home state. My father believed in this political system, and he paved the way for me. I feel victorious. Even though the votes didn’t come in the way we would have liked, I can sleep tonight knowing I did everything I could.”

10:22 p.m.: Alabama: Sparks wins Dem race for Al. governor; GOP tied (AP) – MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama’s agriculture commissioner overwhelmed a congressman trying to become the first black to win Alabama’s Democratic nomination for governor, while four candidates ran a close race for the Republican nomination.

With 58 percent of the precincts reporting, Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks won with 65 percent to U.S. Rep. Artur Davis’s 35 percent. Sparks, who is white, had the support of the state’s four major black political groups.

In the crowded Republican field, former two-year college chancellor Bradley Byrne, Greenville developer Tim James and Tuscaloosa physician Robert Bentley are tied at 26 percent each. Former Chief Justice Roy Moore is polling 20 percent.

The top two in the GOP fight will advance to a runoff July 13.

10:21 p.m.: Alan Nunnelee, GOP, nominated U.S. House, District 1, Mississippi.

10:01 p.m.: JACKSON (AP) — Hinds County will not report election totals Tuesday night, leaving the results of a 2nd District Republican congressional primary in limbo.

Election Commissioner Marilyn Avery says some poll workers had trouble transferring information from voting machines. Avery says the machines did not malfunction.

Commissioners will finish counting the GOP primary.

Candidates are Richard Cook of Byram, a teacher who ran for the seat in 2008; George Bailey, an ordained minister, retired teacher and law enforcement officer from Clinton; and Bill Marcy of Meridian, a former Chicago police officer who ran unsuccessfully for a state House seat in Meridian in 2009.

9:32 p.m.: JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Joel Gill has won the Democratic congressional primary in central Mississippi’s 3rd District.

Unofficial results Tuesday show Gill defeated Holmes Community College sociology professor James D. Jackson of Brandon and Shawn O’Hara of Hattiesburg, who has run unsuccessfully for many Mississippi offices.

Gill was the Democratic nominee in the 3rd District in 2008 when the seat was open. He lost to Republican incumbent Gregg Harper of Pearl.

The November ballot will have Harper, Gill and a Reform Party candidate.

9:31 p.m.: Joel Gill, Dem, nominated U.S. House, District 3, Mississippi.

9:16 p.m.: State Rep. Palazzo wins south Miss. GOP primary

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Steven Palazzo has defeated Joe Tegerdine in south Mississippi’s 4th District Republican congressional primary.

Unofficial results Tuesday showed Palazzo with strong showings in some of the larger counties, including his home of coastal Harrison County.

Palazzo is a military veteran, certified public accountant and first-term state lawmaker from Biloxi.

Tegerdine, a businessman from Petal, courted tea party voters in his first run for office.

Democrat Gene Taylor of Bay St. Louis has represented south Mississippi in the U.S. House since 1989.

The November ballot will have Taylor, Palazzo, a Libertarian and a Reform Party candidate.

9:12 p.m.: Steven Palazzo, GOP, nominated U.S. House, District 4, Mississippi.

8:22 p.m.: From The Associated Press – officials reported sparse turnout in several counties, including DeSoto and Lee, which are pivotal to the most competitive race of the day, the three-way Republican primary in the northern 1st District.

“Some of the ones that usually are our big precincts, people are just not voting,” said Marla Treadway, a deputy circuit clerk in DeSoto County.

Click here for results.

8:18 p.m.: JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two state lawmakers took early leads Tuesday in separate Republican congressional primaries in Mississippi.

In the 1st District on the northern end of the state, early results showed state Sen. Alan Nunnelee of Tupelo ahead of former Eupora Mayor Henry Ross and former Fox News analyst Angela McGlowan of Oxford.

In the southern 4th District, state Rep. Steven Palazzo of Biloxi was ahead of businessman Joe Tegerdine of Petal.

No incumbents were on the ballot Tuesday, and election officials reported sparse turnout.

7:04 p.m.: Here is a list of uncontested races in Mississippi.

U.S. House – District 1

Travis Childers (i), Dem

U.S. House – District 2

Bennie Thompson (i), Dem

U.S. House – District 3

Gregg Harper (i), GOP

U.S. House – District 4

Gene Taylor (i), Dem

7 p.m.: Polls have closed.
Click here for election results as we get them.

4:28 p.m.: JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi election officials say voter turnout was light for Tuesday’s congressional primaries.

Polls opened at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Only one race was held in each of the four U.S. House districts, and no incumbent was on the ballot. Only opposite-party challengers were being chosen.

The most competitive primary was for the Republican nomination in north Mississippi’s 1st District, with state Sen. Alan Nunnelee, former Eupora Mayor Henry Ross and former Fox News analyst Angela McGlowan.

Republican primaries were being held in the 2nd and 4th districts, and a Democratic primary was in the 3rd.

If runoffs are needed, they’ll be June 22. The general election is Nov. 2.

>> Click here for election results tonight. <<

The Associated Press

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