Harper claims GOP nod in Miss. 3rd District

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Incumbent U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper of Pearl has won the Republican nomination for Mississippi’s 3rd Congressional District.

Harper defeated challenger Robert J. Allen, a Starkville tea party activist.

The 55-year-old Harper was first elected to Congress in 2008. He campaigned on a platform of reducing government spending, rolling back federal health care changes and increasing jobs. Allen, though, said Harper hadn’t done enough to cut spending.

As of Feb. 22, Harper had raised $433,000 and had $157,000 on hand.

Before Harper was elected to Congress, he was a lawyer.

In the general election, Harper will face Democrat Crystal Biggs of Florence and Reform Party member John “Luke” Pannell.