Breaking: CQ – Former Eupora mayor Henry Ross considering testing Nunnelee for Childers seat

Despite an impressive first fundraising filing and support from state and national Republicans, Republican state Sen. Alan Nunnelee may not be able avoid a primary next year in his effort to knock off Democratic freshman Rep. Travis Childers in Mississippi’s 1st District.

Former Eupora Mayor Henry Ross is seriously considering entering the race and said this week that he intends to make a decision “after the first of the year.”

“We’re still traveling the district and meeting people and talking to people about the race,” Ross said.

Ross, a lawyer and Navy veteranm, was mayor of Eupora from 1997 to 2001. In the George W. Bush administration, he was senior counsel at the Justice Department.

Ross was recently in Washington, D.C., attending a “candidate school” event held by the National Republican Congressional Committee.

If he does decide to challenge Nunnelee, however, he faces an uphill battle.

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