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Two Mississippi Republicans are at risk of being defeated in a spill

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Emily Wagster Pettus

Maggie, Mississippi (AP) — In Mississippi, incumbent parliamentary primary votes are rare. This year, two Republican representatives from the state are fighting to keep their jobs in the farewell to challengers from their party.

US Congressman Stephen Palazzo is aiming for a seventh term and is seen as vulnerable after being accused of misusing his office due to delinquency in election funds in a 2021 parliamentary ethics report. It was done.

US Congressman Michael Guest wants a third term. He voted to establish an independent committee to investigate the riots at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, and was forced into riots in criticism of former President Donald Trump's dishonesty. ..

Both Palazzo and the guest were unable to exceed the 50% threshold to fully win the June 7 primary. On Tuesday, Palazzo will face Coastal County Sheriff Mike Ezel, and guests will face former Navy fighter pilot Michael Cassidy.

The Associated Press investigated state records dating back to 1952 and found that a US member of the Mississippi state had not participated in the party primary for 70 years.

Two other members of Mississippi, Democrat Benny Thompson and Republican Trent Kelly, easily won the primary this month.

Guests represent the Third Parliamentary District of Mississippi. This includes parts of Jackson and its suburbs, including the area where the guest was a district attorney before being elected to Congress. There are also small towns, poultry processing plants and military installations in the area, and Cassidy is still training pilots.

The guest received 47.5% on June 7th against 47% of Cassidy in a race with three candidates. Guest and Cassidy campaigned separately last week in the small town of Maggie. In this county, the guest did slightly better than Cassidy in his first vote.

Guests call Challenger a "carpetbagger" because Cassidy moved from the East Coast to Mississippi and registered to vote here in 2021. He was transferred to another person.

Cassidy accuses guests of betraying Trump by joining Democrats and 34 other Republicans who supported the creation of a bipartisan commission in the January 6 attack.

A few weeks after the proposal failed in the U.S. Senate, guests spent months investigating the riots and opposed the creation of a House Commission, which recently launched a television hearing, 190 people. Was one of the Republicans. He and Palazzo were one of the Republicans who opposed proof of election results from several states running for Democrat Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.

Cassidy said in a campaign speech that guests did nothing to stop "the persecution of political prisoners on January 6th." During dinner at Maggie's Jose ’s Restaurant & Grill, Cassidy criticized the committee that voted for guest support.

"The bill stated that everyone who was there that day was a domestic terrorist," Cassidy said.

The guest rejects the idea that he was dishonest to Trump.

"They are 95% with Donald Trump, who said we were co-chairs of the Mississippi reelection campaign, voted twice against the impeachment, and actually spoke in opposition. I don't want to talk about the impeachment. The next day, the guest talked to the lunch crowd at Zip's Cafe a mile away.

The winner of the final between the guest and Cassidy was Schwaski in November. Play against Young. Young worked for the US Department of Land Security during President Barracobama's term.

Palazzo is the Fourth Parliament in southeastern Mississippi. Represents the district and includes the cities of Biroxi and Hatisberg. The district's economy is heavily dependent on the army and shipbuilding.

Palazzo serves the Marine Corps and the Mississippi Army National Guard. He was in the state parliament before dismissing a longtime Democratic member in the 2010 tea party wave.

In 2021, the Parliamentary Ethics Bureau reported that the impeachment was pending. He mistakenly abused his office. Campaign funds, benefits for his brother, and recruits staff for political and personal affairs. His then-spoken spokesman Colleen. -Kennedy said the investigation was based on politically motivated "false claims."

In the primary, Palazzo won 31.5% of the votes for 25% of Ezel in a race with seven candidates.

Ezel criticized Palazzo for exercising his voting rights, stating that Palazzo was ineffective in representing southern Mississippi. place.

In November, the winners of the final vote between Palazzo and Ezel were Democrat Johnny L. Dupri, a former Democratic Governor candidate for 2011, and Democrat Johnny L. Dupri, and Libertarian Olden Patrick Johnson. I will play against you.