Expect the Unexpected in Mississippi Special Election

The special election in Mississippi’s 1st District is a political handicapper’s nightmare.

“If anyone tells you they know what to expect on Tuesday, they are lying to you,” said Casey Phillips, a GOP ad maker who is working for Republican Greg Pirkle.

Pirkle, an attorney from Tupelo, is just one of 13 candidates seeking the northeastern Mississippi-based seat, left vacant in February following the death of GOP Rep. Alan Nunnelee.

What Magnolia State Republicans agree on is that no candidate is expected to capture the 50 percent necessary to win outright, meaning the race will head to a June 2 runoff with the two highest vote recipients.

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