- Associated Press - Monday, September 1, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Here are five things to know about Mississippi’s Nov. 4 ballot, which includes all four U.S. House seats and a hard-fought race for one U.S. Senate seat:



Six-term Republican Sen. Thad Cochran is seeking another six-year term. He’s challenged by Democratic former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers, who was elected in mid-2008 and unseated in November 2010; and the Reform Party’s Shawn O’Hara, a perennial candidate for governor and a host of other offices. A judge dismissed state Sen. Chris McDaniel’s lawsuit, which challenged Cochran’s primary runoff victory. McDaniel is to announce Tuesday whether he will appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court.



All four of Mississippi’s U.S. House incumbents are on the ballot, facing opponents who have raised little campaign cash. In north Mississippi’s 1st District, Republican Rep. Alan Nunnelee faces Democrat Ron Dickey and Libertarian Danny Bedwell. In the 2nd District, which stretches through the Delta and into Jackson, Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson faces the Reform Party’s Shelley Shoemake. In the central 3rd District, Republican Rep. Gregg Harper faces Democrat Douglas MacArthur Magee, the Reform Party’s Barbara Dale Washer and independent Roger Gerrard. In the southern 4th District, Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo faces Democrat Matt Moore, the Reform Party’s Eli “Sarge” Jackson, and independents Cindy Burleson and Ed Reich.



Voters will decide whether to amend the Mississippi Constitution to specify a right to hunt and fish. Adopting the amendment would take a simple majority. The proposal would not change the Mississippi wildlife commission’s ability to regulate hunting and fishing or the Legislature’s ability to pass hunting and fishing laws. The amendment also would not affect laws regarding trespass, property rights, maintenance of levees or regulation of commercial activities.



Three incumbents on the Mississippi Court of Appeals are on the ballot but are unopposed for re-election to eight-year terms. They are Virginia Carlton of Columbia, whose district is in the southwestern and central parts of the state; Kenny Griffis of Ridgeland, whose district runs from the central part of the state up to the Golden Triangle; and Jimmy Maxwell of Oxford, whose district is in the north. Candidates for chancery and circuit judgeships are also on the ballot around Mississippi.



Special elections will be held for a new sheriff in Jackson County and a new circuit clerk in Warren County to replace former officials who resigned after being charged with wrongdoing in office.

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