- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Democratic voters across a swath of Mississippi will determine their party’s nominee Tuesday in the 3rd Congressional District.

Magee, a 72-year-old semi-retired lawyer named for Douglas MacArthur, led in the June 3 primary with 47 percent of the vote. Quinn, a 65-year-old former Magnolia alderman, trailed with 38 percent. Bay Springs teacher Jim Liljeberg finished third with 15 percent of the vote, missing the runoff.

The district crosses all or parts of 24 counties from Starkville southwest through the Jackson area and Natchez.

Magee said he’s in favor of renewable energy and expanded infrastructure, and says current Republicans are in thrall to corporate special interests who are trying to dodge taxes.

Quinn said he wants to promote economic development in the district, especially with increasing oil drilling in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale in southwest Mississippi.

Magee reported raising no money through March 31, while Quinn hasn’t filed any campaign finance reports.

Tuesday’s nominee will take on three-term incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper of Pearl, who breezed through the Republican primary with 92 percent of the vote, defeating Hardy Caraway of Quitman. The district’s political center is in Republican-dominated parts of Rankin, Madison and Hinds counties, making a Democratic victory a difficult task. While 91,000 people voted in the June 3 Republican primary, only 16,000 people cast Democratic ballots.

Independent Roger Gerrard and Reform Party candidate Barbara Dale Washer will also be on the ballot Nov. 4.

Quinn served six years as a Democrat as a Magnolia alderman, losing a party primary in 2009. He’s lost races for the Pike County board of supervisors and mayor of Magnolia multiple times, running at least twice as a Republican.

Magee ran for chancery judge in 2010 and lost. He’s also been involved in local politics in Mendenhall. Magee, too, has a Republican history. He helped Republican Prentiss Walker score a notable upset of longtime Democratic U.S. Rep W. Arthur Winstead in 1964, as Republican Barry Goldwater swept Mississippi while losing the overall presidential election.

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