Santorum Wins State Republican Presidential Primary
A presidential primary took place in Mississippi Tuesday, as well as primaries covering U.S. senate and congressional districts. U.S. Senator Roger Wicker won in Lowndes and Oktibbeha Counties and carried the state by a whopping margin in his reelection bid. Wicker was appointed senator in December of 2007 by then-governor Haley Barbour, replacing former Senator Trent Lott. Wicker then won a special election to the seat in 2008. Tuesday, Wicker easily defeated Robert Maloney of Madison and E. Allen Hathcock of Stewart to take the Republican nomination. He’ll face Albert Gore Jr., of Starkville in the November general election. Gore defeated two primary opponents in Roger Weiner of Clarksdale and Will Oatis of Silver Creek to win the Democrat nomination for the senate seat.
Wicker will be seeking a win that would be his first, full 6-year senate term, if elected. Before his 07′ appointment as senator, Wicker had served as a U.S. Congressman from the 1st Congressional District from 1995-2007.
U.S. Congressman Alan Nunnelee also won the Republican ticket as he seeks to be reelected as congressman from the 1st Congressional District. Nunnelee also defeated two Republican primary opponents to gain his parties’ ticket. He defeated Henry Ross of Eupora and Robert Estes of Southaven. In November, Nunnelee will face Brad Morris of Oxford, the Democrat nominee.
Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum swept to Republican primary victories in Mississippi and Alabama on Tuesday in the presidential primary. A tightly contested race in Mississippi, Santorum was somewhat of a surprise in the two states, with an expected victory by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, mainly because Gingrich is from Georgia. Gingrich finished second and Republican national frontrunner Mitt Romney finished last. Gingrich did manage to carry Lowndes County, with Romney taking Oktibbeha.
All three Republican presidential contenders (Ron Paul was a distant 4th) had been campaigning in the Magnolia state in the past week. Romney took a hit after turning off potential voters by not knowing much southern slang. But in the end, most Mississippi and Alabama Republican voters likely feel that Santorum is the more conservative of the remaining contenders.
It’s a long time till November, but most political pundits feel the best chance of any Republican beating President Barack Obama in November will only come if gas prices continue to climb and remain high. Unfortunately for consumers, that likelihood (high gas prices) is a reality.
Columbus Mayoral Candidates
Several names are being mentioned around Columbus as possible challengers to Columbus Mayor Robert Smith’s reign. Allegra Brigham has been mentioned by many. Columbus businessman Bo Jarrett had previously told me that he intended to run. Former Columbus Police Chief and Real Story Editor Joseph St John is another named being mentioned. George Irby and former Columbus Light & Water board member Jabari Edwards are other names being mentioned. As 2013 approaches, I’m sure there’ll be more.
The city elections will take place next summer.
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