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Mississippi's Congressional primary election day is next week

The most hotly contested House race seems to be District 3 and the seat being vacated by Congressman Gregg Harper. Source: WLBT archives The most hotly contested House race seems to be District 3 and the seat being vacated by Congressman Gregg Harper. Source: WLBT archives
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Congressional primary elections are one week from Tuesday. But not everyone realizes that or knows what races will be on the ballot.

"I've seen signs but I did think they were for something on down the road or maybe for something that wasn't pertaining to my county," said Veronica Harris.

Some voters reluctantly admit they haven't keyed into elections.

"My mind hasn't been on anything," noted Jim Settlemire. "I've been focusing on NBA and ballgames. I forgot about it. I just plum forgot about it."

So, here are the basics: There's one Senate race on the ballots and a U.S. House race in each Congressional district. The Senate race is a little easier to keep track of with two Republicans and six Democrats. Republican Senator Roger Wicker is the incumbent and will only face one primary challenger, Richard Boyanton.

On the Democratic side, you have two state representatives, David Baria and Omeria Scott, businessman Howard Sherman,  chemist Jerone Garland, Marine Corps veteran and construction worker Victor G. Maurice, Jr., and self-proclaimed "Berniecrat" Jensen Bohren.

The most hotly contested House race seems to be District 3 and the seat being vacated by Congressman Gregg Harper. The Republican field is crowded with six candidates. Two on the Democratic ballot.

Still, some voters say they've already done their homework.

"Anytime you have a chance to vote--primary, general election, whatever, you should get out there and vote because it's going to move your candidate forward or leave them in the dirt," said Billy Robinson. 

You can check out yallvote.sos.ms.gov to find your polling location and a sample ballot for each primary.

If you're looking to do some homework on the candidates before you head to the polls, you can visit our page with the list of candidates. There are links to each candidate's website within the story.

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