Mississippi congressional incumbents advance to general election

All five of Mississippi’s congressional incumbents advanced from primaries on March 10, earning spots on the ballot in the November 3 general election.

In the U.S. Senate primary, Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith was uncontested. She will face Democrat Mike Espy and Libertarian Jimmy Edwards in the general election. Espy defeated two opponents in the Democratic primary with 93% of the vote.

The general election for Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District will see Republican incumbent Trent Kelly face off against Democrat Antonia Eliason. Both were unopposed in their primaries.

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D) received 94% of the vote in the Democratic primary for the state’s 2nd Congressional District, defeating Sonia Rathburn. In the general election, he will face the winner of the Republican primary runoff on March 31. Brian Flowers and Thomas Carey are facing off for the general election spot after defeating B.C. Hammond in the Republican primary.

In the 3rd Congressional District Republican primary, Rep. Michael Guest defeated James Tulp with 90% of the vote. In the general election, Guest will face off against Dorothy Benford, who defeated one opponent in the Democratic primary with 64% of the vote.

Rep. Steven Palazzo (R) is unopposed in the general election for the state’s 4th Congressional District. He advanced from the primary after receiving 67% of the vote and defeating three opponents.

Entering the 2020 election, the U.S. Senate has 45 Democrats, 53 Republicans, and two independents who caucus with Democrats. Only 35 out of 100 Senate seats are up for election. A majority in the chamber requires 51 seats. The U.S. House has 232 Democrats, 197 Republicans, one independent, and five vacancies. All 435 seats are up for election. A majority in the chamber requires 218 seats.

Additional elections:
United States Senate election in Mississippi, 2020
United States House of Representatives elections in Mississippi, 2020




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