House Turns Back Electoral Change

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The Mississippi House of Representatives Tuesday rejected a proposal to the erase electoral-vote requirements from races for governor and other statewide offices.

Some lawmakers said they wanted to avoid a repeat of the 1999 governor's race.

That contest between Democrat Ronnie Musgrove and Republican Mike Parker had to be decided in the House because neither candidate received the two requirements: a majority of the popular vote and a majority of the 122 electoral votes.

Some lawmakers said they see no need to change, because they say the system is working just fine.