Runoff election in Mississippi House district to be held Nov. 24

A special general runoff election will be held on November 24 for District 87 in the Mississippi House of Representatives. The special general election took place on November 3, with the top two candidates advancing to the runoff. Candidates in Mississippi state legislative special elections run without party labels on the ballot.

Matthew Conoly and Joseph Tubb are running in the general runoff election. The seat became vacant after the resignation of William Andrews (R) on March 31, 2020. Andrews said that he resigned from the House in order to receive the pension that he earned while serving as a county judge. He had represented the district since January 7, 2020.

Mississippi legislators are elected to four-year terms, and elections are held in odd-numbered years. All seats in the state Senate and state House are next up for regular election on November 7, 2023.

Mississippi has a Republican state government trifecta. A trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers. Republicans control the state Senate by a 36-16 margin and the state House by a 74-46 margin with one independent member and one vacancy.

As of November, 59 state legislative special elections have been scheduled for 2020 in 27 states. Between 2011 and 2019, an average of 77 special elections took place each year.

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Neese, Bice to compete in Republican primary runoff in Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District August 25

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Terry Neese and Stephanie Bice will compete in the Republican primary runoff in Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District on Tuesday, August 25. The two advanced to a runoff when no candidate won 50% of the vote in the June 30 primary. Neese won 36.5% and Bice won 25.4% in the primary.

David Hill, who finished third in the primary with 19% of the vote, endorsed Neese on July 14 saying, “Terry Neese is a pro-life, pro-gun, conservative, and she has our full support as she fights to beat Kendra Horn and deliver President Trump’s agenda.”

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) endorsed Bice on August 6, saying, Stephanie is a proven conservative who is committed to defending our Second Amendment rights, protecting the unborn, and standing up for Oklahoma’s taxpayers.”

Incumbent Kendra Horn (D) is running for re-election. In 2018, she defeated incumbent Steve Russell (R) by a margin of 1.4 percentage points to become the first Democrat to hold the office since 1975. Oklahoma’s 5th is one of the 31 Democratic-held House districts that President Donald Trump (R) won in 2016, with Trump defeating Hillary Clinton (D) by a margin of 13.4 percentage points.

In February 2019, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee identified Oklahoma’s 5th as a Frontline district and the Republican National Congressional Committee identified the district as an offensive target for the 2020 election cycle.

Oklahoma to hold primary runoffs on August 25

Oklahoma’s statewide primary runoff is scheduled for August 25, 2020. Tulsa’s general election is scheduled for the same day.

Oklahoma’s statewide primary was on June 30, 2020. If no candidate received a majority of the vote in the primary, the top two vote-getters advanced to the primary runoff. The runoff winners will advance to the general election on November 3, 2020. The filing deadline passed on April 10.

There are no Democratic primary runoffs on the ballot. Republican candidates are competing in primary runoffs for the following offices:
Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District
Oklahoma State Senate Districts 5, 7, 17, 35, and 43
Oklahoma House of Representatives Districts 71, 79, and 96
Cleveland County Sheriff

Oklahoma County Sheriff

Meanwhile, candidates in Tulsa are competing in general elections for mayor and Districts 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 9 on the city council. A general runoff election, if necessary, is scheduled for November 3, 2020. No primary election was held for these races. The filing deadline passed on June 10, 2020.

Tulsa is the second-largest city in Oklahoma and the 47th largest city in the U.S. by population.

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One month on, no declared winner in GOP primary runoff to succeed Rep. Hurd in Texas

The Republican primary runoff in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District was held between Tony Gonzales and Raul Reyes Jr. on July 14, 2020. One month later, as of August 14, the race to succeed outgoing Rep. Will Hurd (R) remains too close to call.

Gonzales, a U.S. Navy veteran, was endorsed by President Donald Trump (R), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Hurd, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). Reyes, a U.S. Air Force veteran, was endorsed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Texas Right to Life, and Young Conservatives of Texas. Both candidates said they would be a stronger supporter of and more effective ally to President Trump.

The Republican Party of Texas certified Gonzales as the winner on July 31. At the time, unofficial vote totals showed him leading by 45 votes out of more than 24,500 cast. Reyes filed a request for a recount on August 3.

In the March 3 Republican primary, Gonzales and Reyes led the nine-candidate field with 28.1% and 23.3% of the vote, respectively. Third-place candidate Alma Arredondo-Lynch and ninth-place Darwin Boedeker both endorsed Gonzales.

The winner will face Democratic nominee Gina Ortiz Jones in the general election. Jones was the Democratic nominee in 2018, losing to Hurd by a margin of 0.5 percentage points. Texas’ 23rd District is one of five nationwide that is currently represented by a Republican and backed Hillary Clinton (D) in the 2016 presidential election.

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Four congressional races in Georgia move to runoffs on August 11

Four primary runoff elections are scheduled in three of Georgia’s congressional districts on August 11, 2020. Primary runoffs in Georgia were originally scheduled to be held on July 21 but were postponed to August 11 amid concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. The statewide primary election was held on June 9, 2020.

To avoid a runoff, candidates for select federal and state offices in Georgia must receive a majority (50% +1) of the votes cast in the election. If no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast, a runoff between the top two candidates is required. The filing deadline to run in the primary election passed on March 6, 2020, and the general election is scheduled on November 3, 2020.

Candidates are in primary runoff elections in the following congressional districts:

U.S. House District 1

• Democrats Joyce Marie Griggs and Lisa Ring are facing off to determine who will challenge incumbent Earl Carter (R) in the general election.

U.S. House District 9
• The seat is open after incumbent Doug Collins (R), who was first elected in 2012, opted not to run for re-election this cycle. He has instead filed to run in a special election to the U.S. Senate to represent Georgia. Primary runoffs are being held for both the Democratic and Republican parties.
• Democratic primary runoff: Devin Pandy and Brooke Siskin are facing off to determine who will advance to the general election.

• Republican primary runoff: Andrew Clyde and Matt Gurtler are facing off for a spot in the general election.

U.S. House District 14
• The seat is open after incumbent Tom Graves (R), first elected in 2010, announced he would not seek re-election in 2020.

• Republicans John Cown and Marjorie Taylor Greene are running in the runoff to secure a spot in the general election where the winner will face Democrat Kevin Van Ausdal.

Ballotpedia is also covering Georgia elections in the following areas:
• U.S. Senate
• Public Service Commission
• State Senate
• State House
• State supreme court
• State court of appeals
• Local elections in DeKalb County and Fulton County
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Jackson defeats Winegarner in TX-13 Republican primary runoff

Ronny Jackson defeated Josh Winegarner in the Republican primary runoff for Texas’ 13th Congressional District. As of 9:45 p.m. Central Time, Jackson had received 55.6% of the vote to Winegarner’s 44.4%, with 90% of precincts reporting.

President Donald Trump (R), U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) endorsed Jackson. Incumbent Rep. Mac Thornberry (R), who did not seek re-election, endorsed Winegarner, along with U.S. Reps. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), Lance Gooden (R-Texas), and Kenny Marchant (R-Texas).

Thornberry, who was first elected in 1994, won his last election in 2018 by a margin of victory of 65 percentage points. Major independent observers rate the general election as solid Republican or safe Republican.

Tuberville defeats Sessions in Republican primary runoff for Senate in Alabama

Tommy Tuberville defeated Jeff Sessions in the Republican primary runoff for U.S. Senate in Alabama. Tuberville received 63% of the vote to Sessions’ 37% as of 8:20 p.m. CDT on Tuesday.

President Donald Trump endorsed Tuberville, a former college football coach. Sessions held the Senate seat for 20 years before Trump appointed him as U.S. attorney general in 2017. Club for Growth PAC and FarmPAC—the political action committee of the Alabama Farmers Federation—were among Tuberville’s other endorsers. Sessions’ endorsers included the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund, the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council, and several U.S. senators.

Tuberville will face incumbent Sen. Doug Jones (D) in November. Roll Call named Jones the most vulnerable incumbent senator up for re-election in 2020.

South Carolina to hold 11 primary runoffs for state legislative seats on June 23

South Carolina is holding primary runoffs on June 23, 2020, for races in which a candidate did not receive a majority of votes in the primary on June 9. Eleven races will be on the primary runoff ballot, including nine state House seats and two state Senate seats.

The two state Senate primary runoffs include one for the Republican Party and one for the Democratic Party. Five of the state House primary runoffs are Republican, and four are Democratic.

Three incumbents are running in primary runoffs: Republican Luke Rankin in Senate District 33, Republican Neal Collins in House District 5, and Republican Bill Chumley in House District 35.

North Carolina also had a primary runoff election scheduled for June 23, 2020, but it was not needed for any state-level races.

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