2 candidates move to runoff to fill Mississippi House seat

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Two candidates are heading to a June 28 runoff to fill a vacant seat in the Mississippi House.

Abe Marshall Hudson Jr. of Shelby and Earl S. Lucas of Mound Bayou advanced from a field of six in a special election in the Delta’s Bolivar and Sunflower counties.

Unofficial results show Hudson received 45 percent and Lucas received 23 percent of 2,193 votes cast Tuesday. The numbers don’t include absentee ballots.

The runoff winner will succeed former Rep. Linda Coleman, a Democrat who had served since 1992. She left the House in March after being sworn in as a circuit judge, a nonpartisan post to which she was appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant.

Candidates in special legislative elections run without a party label but usually tell voters their party preference.