Projected Winners of State Democratic Runoff

Mount Olive accountant Mike Sumrall pulled votes from rural areas across Mississippi Tuesday to win the Democratic nomination for state auditor over Todd Brand of Bailey.

Sumrall will face Republican Stacey Pickering, a state senator from Laurel, in the Nov. 6 general election.

With more than two-thirds of precincts reporting, Sumrall had a lead of 11,000 votes in unofficial returns, with 53 percent of the vote to 47 percent for Brand.

In the central district Public Service Commission race, Lynn Posey, a state senator from Union Church, defeated Addie Green in the Democratic runoff.

Posey had 57 percent of the vote in the unofficial tabulation with three-fourths of the precincts reporting.

Posey will face Republican Charles Barbour, Reform Party candidate Lee Dilworth and independent Kevin Moses in the general election.

David "Tad" Campbell of Bailey was projected the winner of a Republican runoff for House District 84 against C.D. Smith of Meridian. The seat is being vacated by Republican Rep. Eric Robinson. Campbell faces Democrat Billy Lee and independent Cecil "Matt" Hemphill in November.

In other runoffs:
-- House District 77, in parts of Rankin, Simpson and Smith counties: Republican challenger Andy Gipson defeated incumbent Clint Rotenberry in unofficial returns. Gipson will face Democrat Dale Berry and Green Party candidate Lynn McLean in November.


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