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Guest, Hughes face off in U.S. House District 3 runoff

Michael Guest and Whit Hughes meet in a runoff in the 3rd District U.S. House seat Republican primary. Source: WLBT Michael Guest and Whit Hughes meet in a runoff in the 3rd District U.S. House seat Republican primary. Source: WLBT
Guest earned 45 percent of the vote three weeks ago, and picked up two key endorsements in the last week from Governor Phil Bryant and the National Rifle Association. Source: WLBT Guest earned 45 percent of the vote three weeks ago, and picked up two key endorsements in the last week from Governor Phil Bryant and the National Rifle Association. Source: WLBT
Hughes’ final pitch to voters is to send a businessman, not a career politician, to Washington. Source: WLBT Hughes’ final pitch to voters is to send a businessman, not a career politician, to Washington. Source: WLBT
BRANDON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Voters will likely determine Rep. Gregg Harper's successor Tuesday. 

Michael Guest and Whit Hughes meet in a runoff in the 3rd District U.S. House seat Republican primary. Guest earned 45 percent of the vote three weeks ago, and picked up two key endorsements in the last week from Governor Phil Bryant and the National Rifle Association.

"Those are two major endorsements that we’re very proud of and that we hope will help distinguish us from our opponent when people go to the polls to vote tomorrow.," says Guest, the district attorney for Madison and Rankin Counties.

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His opponent, Whit Hughes, needs to overcome a 20 point gap in voting from just three weeks ago. Hughes has made an issue of the fact that Guest has elected not to face him in a one-on-one debate since the initial vote, June 5.

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"For months now, folks have assumed we’re going to have at least one debate in this runoff," says Hughes. "And I’ve been disappointed we haven’t been able to have that kind of dialogue. My opponent’s refusal to debate speaks for itself, and I hope voters are paying attention."

Guest counters Hughes' claim, citing the number of debates held prior to the June 5 vote.

"I would have to disagree with my opponent if he were to allege that we have refused to debate him because we have done so over a dozen times," says Guest. "Our game plan (since June 5) was to reach out directly to the people, to continue to travel throughout the congressional district meeting with the people."

Hughes’ final pitch to voters is to send a businessman, not a career politician, to Washington.

"I’ve never run for office before, but I have real business and economic development experience," says Hughes. "So I can go to Washington, D.C., and on day one understand how to work on lower taxes, fewer regulations, changing the way we spend and borrow money in Washington, D.C."

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