In an email release on Monday, Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson said his agency is “considering all options” as it relates to the runoff election in the 2nd Congressional District.

“While the pending Republican runoff in the 2nd Congressional District is scheduled for March 31, 2020, our office is considering all options, including the possible postponement of the election,” Watson said.  “In conjunction with the Governor’s Office, MEMA, and MDHS, we continue to finalize our plans and will post timely updates on our website.  In the meantime, our office will continue to conduct the peoples’ business.”

The runoff is to determine which Republican candidate will be the nominee to face Democrat incumbent Congressman Bennie Thompson in the November General Election.  Brian Flowers and Thomas Carey are on the ballot, with Flowers winning 37.88% to Carey with 36.11%.

Secretary Watson also noted that his office is actively coordinating with other state agencies, and asked that citizens take advantage of the online tools if there is a need to contact his office.

“As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to evolve, the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office is communicating regularly with the Governor’s Office, MEMA and state health officials to monitor developments of the outbreak,” Watson noted.  “The CDC and the Mississippi State Department of Health have recommended necessary precautions to be taken for the safety and well-being of our citizens. To protect you and your loved ones, the Secretary of State’s Office encourages you to utilize our website, sos.ms.gov, and make every effort to conduct your business via our online resources.”