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Flowers wins GOP congressional primary runoff

June 24, 2020 GMT
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FILE - In this March 6, 2019, file photo, House Homeland Security Committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., waits for the start of a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Thompson is seeking reelection in Mississippi's 2nd Congressional District in November 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
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FILE - In this March 6, 2019, file photo, House Homeland Security Committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., waits for the start of a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Thompson is seeking reelection in Mississippi's 2nd Congressional District in November 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Brian Flowers, a military veteran who works at Grand Gulf Nuclear Station, Tuesday won a congressional Republican primary runoff. He will face Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson in November.

Flowers beat out Thomas Carey, a retired real estate agent who ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in 2014.

Mississippi election officials said turnout appeared to be sparse Tuesday for the runoff. Both candidates ran low-budget campaigns.

Polls closed at 7 p.m. although voters still in line at that time were allowed to cast their ballot.

Thompson won a 1993 a special election and is the longest-serving member of Mississippi’s current congressional delegation. He’s also the only Democrat and the only African American representing the state on Capitol Hill. He chairs the House Homeland Security Committee.

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Neither Flowers nor Carey has filed a campaign finance report with the Federal Election Commission. Thompson has more than $1.4 million in his campaign fund.

The 2nd District stretches along the Mississippi River, through the Delta and into Jackson.

The only other race in Mississippi on Tuesday was a nonpartisan special election to fill a vacant seat in the state House of Representatives. It is in parts of Jasper and Jones counties.

Robin Robinson beat Michael Walker in that race. A third candidate, Jason Dykes, appeared on the ballot but dropped out.

Robinson will finish a term started by Republican Ramona Blackledge, a freshman lawmaker who stepped down because of a dispute about her ability to collect her state pension while serving in the House. The term ends in January 2024.

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