The Clarion-Ledger, 2/21/8

A special election to fill the unexpired term of former U.S. Rep. and current U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker in Mississippi’s First Congressional District has been set for April 22, according to a news release from Gov. Haley Barbour’s office.

In a Writ of Election filed with the Mississippi Secretary of State, Barbour said if a runoff is required, it would be held on May 13, 2008. He designated March 7, 2008, as the qualifying deadline for candidates in the special U.S. House election.

“This schedule will ensure that Senator Wicker’s former U.S. House seat will be filled in a manner appropriate under the terms of state statutes,” Barbour said. The winning candidate in the special election will serve the remainder of the unexpired term; the seat will be filled on a permanent basis in the general election on Nov. 4, 2008.