Incumbents on Coast face tough challenge in Tuesday’s vote

A powerful legislator with a tough challenger is Senate Finance Committee Chairman Tommy Robertson, R-Moss Point. He is battling for his seat against Republican Michael Watson. Robertson, a 51-year-old attorney, has been in the Senate since 1992. The winner will face Democrat Ray Vecchio on Nov. 6.

Last-minute television ads paid for by a national anti-tobacco group have urged Robertson’s constituents to boot him because of his opposition to a grocery tax cut. At Gov. Haley Barbour’s request, Robertson killed a bill earlier this year that would have raised cigarette taxes while lowering grocery taxes. He said the economy was too unstable to consider other forms of grocery tax cuts.

Clarion Ledger