MS-2 GOP Primary Runoff Preview

On Tuesday (6/22/10), voters in Mississippi’s 2nd Congressional District will choose a Republican nominee to challenge Democratic incumbent Bennie Thompson this fall. The two candidates are Richard Cook of Byram and Bill Marcy of Meridian. Marcy lives outside the 2nd District but says he plans to move there. Certified results showed Cook received a single vote more than Marcy in the June 1 Republican primary, when a third candidate, was eliminated. Cook had 2,232 votes to Marcy’s 2,231. Cook is a middle school teacher for gifted students and unsuccessfully challenged Thompson in 2008. Marcy is a retired Chicago police officer.

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said he expects very light turnout because the 2nd District has the only congressional runoff and temperatures are expected to hit the upper 90s. The mostly rural district stretches through the Delta and along the Mississippi River from Tunica County in the north to Jefferson County in the south. Its easternmost point is in Attala County in the north-central part of the state. It also includes most of the capital city of Jackson. Thompson first won the 2nd District seat in a 1993 special election and is chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.

The Cook Partisan Voting Index (CPVI) rates MS-2 a D+12.


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