Jenifer Branning has won the Senate District 18 seat in parts of Leake, Neshoba and Winston counties.
She defeated Mark Forsman in Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff. Branning will be unopposed in November and will begin a four-year term in January.
The current District 18 senator, Republican Giles Ward of Louisville, did not seek re-election. Ward is currently the Senate president pro tempore, and presides over the Senate when Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is not available. All 52 senators choose the pro tem.