Two tight congressional races drive voting in Miss.

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Some north Mississippi election officials say they’re seeing a higher than usual number of absentee ballots.

Many attribute that to voters’ intense interest in a tight 1st District race between Democratic Congressman Travis Childers and Republican challenger Alan Nunnelee.

Polls are open statewide from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

South Mississippi’s 4th District has a hard-fought congressional race between Democratic incumbent Gene Taylor and Republican Steven Palazzo.

The other two U.S. House incumbents — Democrat Bennie Thompson in the 2nd District and Republican Gregg Harper in the 3rd — have significantly more campaign cash than their opponents.

Thompson faces Republican Bill Marcy, and Harper faces Democrat Joel Gill.

Tuesday’s ballot also includes some judicial races and a few special elections for local positions.

Visit NEMS360.com Tuesday night for Election Results.