Henry Ross issues statement

By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Defeated Republican congressional candidate Henry Ross of Eupora said little time remains to change the direction of America.

In a statement to the Daily Journal on Wednesday, Ross said he hopes voters elsewhere in the nation pick “real conservatives” to go to Washington.

Ross lost his bid for the 1st District seat to incumbent U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee, R-Miss., in Tuesday’s primary race. Also losing was Southaven businessman Robert Estes.

In a conversation with the Daily Journal on election night, Estes congratulated Nunnelee and said he was proud of his race.

Ross wasn’t available by phone that night and issued his statement this morning.

“I just hope enough real conservatives will be elected in the remaining Republican primaries around the country that the dramatic changes needed in government can actually be made,” Ross said. “I don’t think there is much time left to get this done.”

This was Ross’s second run for the seat; he had lost to Nunnelee two years ago. He wouldn’t comment on whether he’ll attempt it again in 2014.

“I think if we could have gotten into a runoff,” Ross said, “we would have had a good chance” of beating Nunnelee.