- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 3, 2019

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - A south Mississippi man has won election to the state House, but he may have to win two or three more elections before ever casting a vote.

WDAM-TV reports Kent McCarty easily defeated Steven Utroska in a special election Tuesday in House District 101 in Lamar County with 68% of the vote. The two advanced to a runoff from a field of five candidates.

McCarty will serve until January, succeeding former Republican Rep. Brad Touchstone, who is now in a nonpartisan role as a Lamar County judge.

But McCarty will only vote this year if a special session is called before January. That’s because the regular session ended last week.

The same five candidates are competing to win the Republican nomination in August for the coming four-year term.


Information from: WDAM-TV, http://www.wdam.com

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