Congressional runoff election is Tuesday

Published 8:50 am Monday, June 27, 2022

The battle of two Michaels will be decided Tuesday as voters return to the polls to decide Mississippi’s 3rd Congressional District representative.

Registered voters will choose between incumbent Michael Guest and challenger Michael Cassidy for the U.S. House seat that represents 23 counties.

The general election of June 7 saw a meager turnout — less than 11 percent of registered Lincoln County voters. Locally, Guest marginally outperformed Cassidy with 1,083 votes to 1,006 (47.7 percent to 44.3 percent).

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Statewide, Cassidy garnered 47.5 percent of the vote to Guest’s 46.9 percent.

Cassidy won 12 counties, with the biggest wins in Pike (58 percent), Newton (56 percent), Clarke (54 percent) and Walthall (53 percent), topped by his home county of Lauderdale (65 percent).

Guest took the other 11 counties, with his biggest wins in his home county of Rankin (54 percent), Scott (59 percent) and Hinds (61 percent).

A candidate needed 50 percent of the vote plus one in order to walk away the clear winner and avoid a runoff.

Polls will be open 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, for the runoff election. See a list and map of the county’s 30 polling precincts.