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North Miss. congressional race heads to runoff

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Democrat Travis Childers and Republican Greg Davis are headed to a May 13 runoff.

The runoff will decide who will fill north Mississippi's vacant congressional seat for a few months.

They traded the lead tonight (Tuesday) as votes were counted in the six-person special election. But neither of the top two managed to grab a simple majority.

The contest is to fill the rest of a two-year term that Roger Wicker started in January 2007. Wicker has moved to the Senate.

More than bragging rights are at stake.

Davis and Childers are on the Nov. 4 general election ballot, and the special-election winner will be the incumbent with a likely advantage in fundraising and name recognition.

Davis is the mayor of Southaven and was buoyed by a strong showing in his base of DeSoto County. It's a conservative and rapidly growing area that's home to several bedroom communities just south of Memphis, Tenn.

Childers is chancery clerk of northeast Mississippi's Prentiss County, and he fared well in rural areas.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Childers had had 32,376 votes, or 48.9 percent, while Davis had 30,923 votes, or 46.7 percent.

Only four of the six candidates said they were seriously in the race - Childers, Davis, independent Wally Pang and Green Party candidate John M. Wages Jr.

Democrat Steve Holland and Republican Glenn McCullough tried to withdraw from the contest, but the ballots already had been set.


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