Incumbent Republican Steven Palazzo won the Republican nomination in the 4th Congressional District against a crowded field Tuesday. He had 51% of the vote in defeating former congressman, Gene Taylor, Tavish Kelly of Picayune, Tom Carter of Carriere and Ron Vincent of Hattiesburg.
Taylor, who served 22 years in Congress as a Democrat before losing to Palazzo of Biloxi in 2010, switched to the GOP for the rematch. Taylor handily won his home county of Hancock and Palazzo's home county of Harrison. Palazzo led inland.
In the Nov. 4 general election, Palazzo will face Democrat Matt Moore of Biloxi, independents Cindy Burleson and Ed Reich, Libertarian Joey Robinson and the Reform Party's Eli Jackson.
Moore defeated Trish Causey to win the Democratic nomination Tuesday. Moore, of Biloxi, lost the 2012 Democratic primary for the seat, but was named the party's general election candidate after the primary winner withdrew. Causey, of Ocean Springs, described herself as a progressive liberal Democrat.
The 4th District runs from Clarke and Jones counties south to the Gulf Coast, covering all or parts of 14 counties.