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Mississippi runoffs: 1 could be polite, the other combative

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi could see contrasts in campaign styles before the June 26 party primary runoffs for federal offices.

The Republican runoff between Michael Guest and Whit Hughes in the 3rd Congressional District could reflect what the six-person primary offered the past three months - a polite discussion with candidates agreeing on most big issues.

The Democratic runoff in a U.S. Senate race already has a sharper tone.

Howard Sherman and David Baria emerged as the top candidates in the six-person Democratic primary for a Republican-held seat.

Baria grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and is a third-term state lawmaker. Late Tuesday, he dismissed Sherman as a "California Republican."

Sherman grew up in Los Angeles and lives near Meridian, Mississippi, where his wife, actress Sela Ward, was raised.

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