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Primary runoffs set for Mississippi House seats

By: Jeremy Pittari - August 21, 2023

Voters will return to the polls in 6 House Districts for primary runoff elections on Tuesday, August 29th.

Six districts in Mississippi’s House of Representatives will hold primary runoff elections next Tuesday. The runoff elections for the House seats, along with a number of local races, will be held on August 29th.  

No State Senate seats will require a primary runoff. 

In House District 2, Republicans Nick Bain and Brad Mattox will square off in the runoff. Bain is the three-term incumbent. He was the top vote getter in the August 8th election, pulling in 48% of the vote. Mattox won 35% of the vote in the three-person race. 

In House District 66, a runoff will be held between Roshunda Harris-Allen and Fabian Nelson on the Democratic ticket to replace State Rep. De’Keither Stamps, also a Democrat, who is running for Central District Public Service Commissioner. Nelson pulled in the most votes on August 8th, with roughly 42%. Harris-Allen won nearly 32%.

Voters in House District 69 are seeking to replace longtime State Rep. Alyce Clarke, a Democrat, who announced her retirement earlier this year. Tamarra Butler-Washington and Patty Patterson are vying for the seat in the Democratic primary runoff, having won 49% and 30%, respectively, in the initial election.

In House District 72, the Democratic runoff ticket will feature Justis Gibbs and Rukia Lumumba. Gibbs drew in 41% on August 8th while Lumumba won 31%. Lumumba is the sister of current Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba. 

On the Republican runoff ballot in House District 105 are incumbent State Rep. Dale Goodin and Elliot Burch. Burch won the most votes in the initial election, pulling in 46% while Goodin drew 30%. Goodin is in his first-term.

In House District 115, voters are seeking to replace four term State Rep. Randall Patterson, a Republican. Felix Gines and Zachary Grady will be in the GOP runoff on August 29th. Gines, one of a handful of black Republican candidates this cycle, won 38% in the August 8th primary while Grady accounted for nearly 47%. 

In total, of the 122 House members, 99 candidates have already secured a seat this cycle due to a lack of opposition from an opposing party candidate or because they received more than 50 percent of the vote in their respective party primary election on August 8th. Only 23 House seats will be opposed in the November General Election.

In the Senate, 38 of the 52 members have secured their seats, whether unopposed in the primary or having won on August 8th, leaving 14 seats up for grabs in November’s General Election.

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Jeremy Pittari

Jeremy Pittari is a lifelong resident of the Gulf Coast. Born and raised in Slidell, La., he moved to South Mississippi in the early 90s. Jeremy earned an associate in arts from Pearl River Community College and went on to attend the University of Southern Mississippi, where he earned a bachelor's of arts in journalism. A week after Hurricane Katrina, he started an internship as a reporter with the community newspaper in Pearl River County. After graduation, he accepted a full-time position at that news outlet where he covered the recovery process post Katrina in Pearl River and Hancock Counties. For nearly 17 years he wrote about local government, education, law enforcement, crime, business and a variety of other topics. Email Jeremy: