Palazzo wins GOP nomination in Miss. 4th District

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Incumbent U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo of Biloxi has won the Republican nomination in Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District.

Harper defeated fellow Republicans Ron Vincent, a Hattiesburg tea party activist, and Cindy Burleson, also of Hattiesburg.

In the Democratic primary, Michael Herrington of Hattiesburg and Jason Vitofsky of Gulfport were vying to face Palazzo in the general election. Reform Party member Robert Claunch of Diamondhead also will be on the November ballot.

The 42-year-old Palazzo is seeking a second term after defeating longtime Democratic incumbent Gene Taylor in 2010 in the south Mississippi district. An accountant, Palazzo served five years in the state House of Representatives before defeating Taylor.

Palazzo raised $568,000 according to a February filing, with $306,000 on hand. Vincent, the only other candidate who filed, raised about $5,000