Palazzo, Wicker among incumbents re-elected in MS

Published: Nov. 7, 2012 at 4:46 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 7, 2012 at 10:54 AM CST
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SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Mississippians re-elected all of the members of Congress on Tuesday's ballot, including 4th District Congressman Steven Palazzo. The first time incumbent garnering about 65 percent of the vote against three challengers.

Tuesday night in Gulfport, Palazzo led a crowd of supporters in a prayer, which he read from a devotional he received from a constituent in Lucedale. He promised to work toward repealing "Obamacare," reign in the EPA, OSHA, and the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board), and pass a flat tax.

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker also won a second term easily. None if his three challengers massed enough votes to unseat him.

Talking to supporters in Jackson Tuesday night, Senator Wicker said, "We're gonna have to sit around the table in Washington, just like a family does when they fall on hard times. We're gonna have to cut spending, even on programs we like, because our country faces a crisis. We don't need to move to the situation that our allies in Western Europe are in. We can avoid that, but we're gonna have to do it by making tough decisions."

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and other Republican leaders were also quick to offer well wishes.

"I want to send congratulations to Senator Roger Wicker, Representative Alan Nunnelee, Representative Gregg Harper and Representative Steven Palazzo on their re-elections," Gov. Bryant said. "With their continued leadership in Washington, we will work together to further job growth and fiscal responsibility in our federal government."

"These men have served the state and nation well," Mississippi Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef said. "Obviously Mississippians understand and appreciate their hard work. We know they will continue to fight for us in Washington."

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