Mississippi’s Incumbent U.S. Representatives Take Easy VictoriesBy Daniel Cherry | Published 14 Mar 2012 01:25am |
Mississippi's primary election wasn't all about the GOP nomination for President. The state's four U.S. Congressmen and a U.S. Senator easily won their party's primary last night. MPB's Daniel Cherry reports.
When the votes were tallied, there weren't any surprises for Mississippi's Senator and Congressmen up for re-election. In Bolton, at 2nd District Congressman Bennie Thompson's headquarters, the whole town turned out for a party. Thompson is Mississippi's only Democratic representative to Washington. He faced off against former Greenville Mayor Heather McTeer, but Thompson pulled in nearly 90 percent of the vote.
"I've had an opponent every time. It makes one sharper. It keeps you in touch with your constituents, and I'm just fortunate that I've obtained the seniority from the good people of the 2nd District."
Meanwhile, on the Mississippi Gulf Coast coast, 4th District Congressman Steven Palazzo celebrated a big victory over two challengers. If re-elected in November, it will be Palazzo's second term, and he sees the wide margin of victory in his primary as a positive sign.
"Tonight, to me, just reaffirms what we're doing up there. We didn't get in this mess overnight. We're not going to get out of it overnight, but people like the way we're governing. And also, for my Republican colleagues who ran tonight, it's time to come together. We need to get on the same page of music."
3rd District Congressman Gregg Harper celebrated his win with his family in Pearl. Harper says Congress is very unpopular right now, but he's glad to see his constituents show their support.
"Our folks know we're working hard. Now maybe we can't get accomplished what we want right now, but that doesn't mean we stop. We're going to continue to fight. But hopefully we can do some of these common sense things that will take care of things."
Mississippi's junior Senator up for re-election, also beat out his two challengers last night. Senator Roger Wicker says he's hoping for another term so he can make a difference in Washington.
"We've got a lot of challenges over the next 6 years. I look forward to tackling those. We have a real spending problem in Washington. We're going to need to have a real grown-up conversation over the next 6 years, and hopefully, the sooner the better."
None of tonight's winners can celebrate for long. Every one of Mississippi's incumbent representatives will have a challenger in the November election.
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