Democrat Michael Herrington has withdrawn from the 4th District Congressional campaign, ending his bid to unseat first-term Republican U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo.
Herrington, of Hattiesburg, had won the Democratic primary in March, but had run a mostly unnoticed and poorly funded campaign. Tuesday, Mississippi Democratic Party Chairman Rickey Cole said Herrington had withdrawn because his mother is ill. The move leaves Democrats scrambling to figure out their next move. Cole said Democrats would announce plans to deal with the situation, but they released none by deadline Tuesday.
State law contains provisions for candidates to withdraw, which include getting out because of a family crisis. Those candidates can be replaced under certain conditions after submitting a sworn affidavit, but the state Board of Election Commissioners would have to find the withdrawal for family crisis was based upon legitimate “non-political reasons.” Republicans could try to block any replacement candidate.