Harper Defeats Ross in Congressional Runoff - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Jackson 04/01/08

Harper Defeats Ross in Congressional Runoff

Pearl attorney Gregg Harper defeated former State Senator Charlie Ross in Tuesday's Republican primary runoff for the 3rd District congressional race. He won his party's nomination with 57 percent of the votes.

Dozens of supporters and volunteers cheered as the results came in. Harper maintained a steady lead over his opponent all throughout the night.

Harper spent the past several weeks campaigning in person and over the phone. He also attended public debates and forums to introduce himself to voters.

Harper says if he's elected in November, his main priorities consist of securing our borders, bringing jobs to Mississippi, and helping special-needs children. He says he will keep the same campaign tactics for the upcoming November election.

"We'll continue to do the things that got us here," he said. "We'll continue to run a clean campaign, we'll concentrate on grassroots efforts, and everything that we had. We're excited about everything that's happened. We're not going to change the formula that got us here, and we're just very thankful tonight."

Harper said the endorsement by former opponent David Landrum played an important role in his victory.

Harper will face Democratic candidate Joel Gill in the November 4 general election to replace Chip Pickering, who did not run for re-election.

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