The Hattiesburg American, 3/11/8

Former state Sen. Charlie Ross and attorney Gregg Harper have secured runoff spots Tuesday night in the Republican primary for the 3rd District seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Chip Pickering.

The runoff will be April 1 runoff, with the winner facing Democrat Joel L. Gill of Pickens in the Nov. 4 general election.

“I am very humbled, very proud to be leading the pack right now,” Ross told a crowd of his supporters Tuesday night at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in Jackson. “Mississippi needs a congressman who has a proven track record of getting things done.”

In other races, U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., easily defeated his opponent Dorothy Benford of Jackson, and state Rep. Steve Holland of Plantersville and Prentiss County Chancery Clerk Travis Childers earned runoff spots the Democratic nomination in the 1st District. Former Tennessee Valley Authority chairman Glenn McCullough and Southaven Mayor Greg Davis also headed to a runoff election in the 1st District Republican primary.