Mis­sis­sip­pi Repub­li­cans pick­ing can­di­date in race to unseat stal­wart Ben­nie Thomp­son

Mississippi Republicans picking candidate in race to unseat stalwart Bennie Thompson

Repub­li­cans in Mississippi’s 2nd Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict will deter­mine a nom­i­nee that will go head to head against a long­time Demo­c­ra­t­ic incum­bent in Tuesday’s runoff elec­tion.
Rep. Ben­nie Thomp­son (D‑MS) has served 16 terms in the House, rep­re­sent­ing a major­i­ty black dis­trict since 1993. Vying to unseat Thomp­son are Repub­li­cans Ron Eller and Andrew Scott Smith, who received the most and sec­ond-most votes in the March 12 Repub­li­can pri­ma­ry but did not meet the thresh­old to secure a defin­i­tive win.
In March, Eller gar­nered 46.5% of the votes cast, while Smith secured 35.9%. In order to win, a can­di­date must have 50% of the vote plus one, accord­ing to the Clar­i­on Ledger.
Mean­while, Thomp­son ran unop­posed in the Demo­c­ra­t­ic district’s pri­ma­ry.
Eller, a retired Army offi­cer who lost the Repub­li­can nom­i­nati …