Congressional races take shape in Mississippi's 1st, 2nd, 3rd Districts

JACKSON, MS (AP) - In Mississippi's 1st Congressional District, Ron Dickey won the Democratic nomination to take on Republican incumbent Alan Nunnelee.

Nunnelee is completing his second term in Congress representing the district, which covers all or parts of 22 counties in north Mississippi.

Dickey, of Horn Lake, is a former Green Beret who ran as supporter of President Barack Obama, and backed a minimum wage increase, equal pay legislation for women and Medicaid expansion.

The general election ballot on Nov. 4 will also include Libertarian Danny Bedwell and the Reform Party's Lajena Walley.

In Mississippi's 2nd Congressional District, Incumbent U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson defeated a challenge from Damien Fairconetue Tuesday in the Democratic primary. No Republican primary was held. The district covers all or parts of 27 counties, including the Mississippi Delta, parts of the Jackson area and southwest Mississippi.

Thompson will face independent Troy Ray and Shelley Shoemake of the Reform Party in the Nov. 4 general election.

Two democrats will face off in a June 24th runoff in Mississippi's 3rd Congressional District: Douglas MacArthur "Doug" Magee and Dennis Quinn. The district crosses all or parts of 24 counties stretching from Starkville southwest to Natchez.

Magee, a Mendenhall lawyer, campaigned against the impact of special interests in Congress.
Quinn, of Magnolia, ran in the 2011 Republican primary for a county supervisor seat in Pike County. The two eliminated Jim Liljeberg, a teacher from Bay Springs.

Incumbent Gregg Harper of Pearl easily beat Hardy Caraway of Quitman for the Republican nomination.

The Democratic nominee will face Harper, independent Roger Gerrard and Reform Party candidate Barbara Dale Washer will meet Nov. 4.

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