Rupp hopes late TV ads push him into runoff

Former Columbus mayor Jeffrey Rupp is counting on a final dash of TV ads and a north Mississippi base of reliable followers Tuesday to carry him into a runoff on who’ll be the Republican nominee for secretary of state.

Jackson attorney Delbert Hosemann – backed by a bevy of money and endorsements – is seen as the front-runner in the four-man race, but Rupp hopes he can grab enough votes to forestall an outright victory Tuesday and keep the race going.

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