26 vie to represent Miss. in Congress
1st District is most contested of 4 races

Mississippi’s four U.S. representatives will face opposition in this fall’s mid-term elections.

As Monday’s deadline passed for declaring candidacy, 26 people, including the four incumbents, qualified.

Mississippi does not have a U.S. Senate race this year.

In what will be the most contested race, three Republicans, four independents and a candidate each from the Constitution, Libertarian and Reform parties hope to unseat Democratic Rep. Travis Childers in the 1st District.

Childers, of Booneville, is seeking his second full term.

Interest in this year’s race has gained national attention.