Mississippi Supreme Court Justice James Graves is headed into a runoff with Rankin County Circuit Judge Samac Richardson for the court seat the incumbent has held for three years.
Incomplete returns show Graves has only 48 percent of the vote. He needed 50 percent plus one vote to win outright. Richardson had 31 percent of the vote. The runoff will be in two weeks.
The others on the ballot were Hinds County Justice Court Judge Bill Skinner and Ceola James, a former chancery judge.
Three of four Mississippi Supreme Court justices trying to hold on to their seats easily defeated their opponents.
Justice George C. Carlson defeated Columbus attorney William Bambach and Justice William Waller, Jr., held off a challenge from Byram attorney "Richard'' Ray Grindstaff.
Justice Mike Randolph, who was appointed to the court in April by Gov. Barbour, defeated his challenger, Appeals Court Judge Joe Lee, for a southern district post.