By Bobby Harrison/NEMS Daily Journal
JACKSON – The Republican primary for the open District 8 Senate seat appears to have been decided.
Patsy Gregory said Friday that based on the final vote tally from the four counties that encompass District 8, she has a seven-vote lead. Plus, opponent Victor Horn, a Houston physician, announced on his Facebook page that he had conceded.
The results will be certified officially Thursday by the state Republican Party.
“I was humbled by the vote of confidence and want to thank the constituents for their support,” said Gregory, who previously worked for the Okolona Chamber of Commerce and is now on staff at The Orchard United Methodist Church in Tupelo. “I look forward to representing the Republican Party in November.”
Gregory will face Russell Jolly of Houston, a cattleman/farmer, who led the Democratic primary.
Jolly said he is running because “we need a common-sense approach in Jackson.”
District 8 covers all of Chickasaw and portions of Lee, Calhoun and Grenada counties. The seat is vacant because of the death of incumbent Jack Gordon earlier this year.