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Guest, Hughes in runoff for GOP nomination in third congressional district

JACKSON (AP) — A district attorney and a former state development executive will meet in a runoff for the Republican nomination for the third district open congressional seat.

Michael Guest and Whit Hughes led the vote-getters Tuesday in the Republican contest in Mississippi’s 3rd Congressional District.

Guest is chief prosecutor in the Jackson suburbs of Madison and Rankin counties. Hughes was deputy director of the Mississippi Development Authority under Gov. Haley Barbour. He’s now a fundraiser for a Baptist hospital system.

They led four other candidates Tuesday, with no one winning a majority.

The district has been represented for 10 years by retiring Republican Gregg Harper.

Hughes and Guest were the top two fundraisers, with Hughes raising $430,000 and Guest raising $400,000.

The winner of the June 26 runoff faces Democratic state Rep. Michael Ted Evans of Preston and Reform Party member Matthew Holland of Hattiesburg in November.