Former state Sen. Charlie Ross and attorney Gregg Harper have secured runoff spots in the Republican primary for the 3rd District seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Chip Pickering.
The runoff will be April 1, with the winner facing Democrat Joel L. Gill of Pickens in the Nov. 4 general election.
Ross, of Brandon, is a lawyer and a veteran legislator. He served in the Senate 10 years, after serving one year in the state House of Representatives. Last year, he unsuccessfully ran for lieutenant governor, losing to Phil Bryant in the Republican primary.
Harper, who practices law in Pearl, campaigned on conservative Republican issues, as well promising to be an advocate for families with special needs children.
Harper's son, 18-year-old Livingston, has Fragile X syndrome, which causes developmental delays.