Republican U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee easily turned back a challenge Tuesday from Democrat Brad Morris, an Oxford small businessman, to win a second term in Congress from North Mississippi’s 1st District.
Unofficial early totals showed Nunnelee winning by a solid 58 to 39 percent.
All four of Mississippi’s U.S. House members, three Republicans and one Democrat, easily won re-election to new two-year terms.
Nunnelee, a Tupelo businessman and former state Senate Appropriations Committee chairman, handily defeated Morris, who had served as chief of staff to Democrat Travis Childers, who Nunnelee defeated in the 2010 mid-term elections.
Minor candidates in the race — the Constitution Party’s Jimmie Ray Bourland of Columbus, Libertarian Party candidate Danny Bedwell of Columbus, and the Reform Party’s Chris Potts — each collected about 1 percent of the vote, according to early unofficial returns.