- Associated Press - Friday, February 6, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Gov. Phil Bryant will set a special election later this year to fill a congressional seat in north Mississippi.

Republican U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee was first elected to the seat in 2010 and died Friday. He was sworn in last month to begin his third, two-year term.

State law says that within 60 days of the seat becoming vacant, the governor must issue an order to set a special election. The date the governor chooses must be at least 60 days after he issues the order.

This creates a broad range for when an election could occur, starting as soon as April.

Nunnelee’s funeral is Monday, and Bryant is unlikely to issue an election order before then.

Special elections are nonpartisan, although candidates frequently tell voters about their party affiliation.

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