Michael Guest wins GOP race in Mississippi 3rd District

Published 8:19 pm Tuesday, June 26, 2018

JACKSON (AP) — Mississippi district attorney Michael Guest has won the Republican nomination for an open congressional seat.

Guest, the chief prosecutor in the Jackson suburbs of Madison and Rankin counties, beat a former state development executive Whit Hughes Tuesday in the GOP runoff for the 3rd Congressional District.

The 48-year-old Guest led the June 5 primary handily, while Hughes ran a distant second.

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Guest will face state Rep. Michael Ted Evans of Preston and Reform Party member Matthew Holland in November.

The district has been represented for the last 10 years by Gregg Harper, a fellow Rankin County Republican who is retiring. The district contains 24 counties running diagonally across the middle of the state, from Natchez through the Jackson suburbs and farther northeast to Starkville.

Guest raised more than $450,000 through early June