Roll Call: Flowers out of 1st District run

Washington, D.C.’s Roll Call and State Sen. Merle Flowers’ Facebook page today confirmed the DeSoto Countian has taken his name out of the 1st Congressional District race in 2010 as a Republican.

That may have set Tupelo’s state Sen. Alan Nunnelee free as the lone GOP candidate to face incumbent U.S. Rep. Travis Childers, a conservative Democrat from Booneville.

Details were sketchy, but political watchers say GOP Gov. Haley Barbour and the national Republicans may have made the call – they want to re-take the seat occupied more than a decade by Roger Wicker of Tupelo, now a Republican U.S. senator, and prefer to try without a primary battle.

Meanwhile, Nunnelee is on a districtwide “listening tour” to talk with constituents about a possible House run.

• For more details, read Friday’s Daily Journal.

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