Republican Party Officials haven't even finished certifying Tuesday's election results and they are already moving on to the run off. Charlie Ross and Gregg Harper will face each other in three weeks to determine the party nominee for the November General Election.
"You leave one and start another," said Sally Brown, Lauderdale County Republican Party Chair.
With Ross coming from Brandon and Harper from Pearl, Brown believes the two candidates could split the central Mississippi vote. This would make East Mississippi critical in the runoff.
"They will split the vote of the there so they want to get Lauderdale County and who ever gets is will probably win the election," said Brown.
After getting the most votes Tuesday night, former State Senator, Ross, says he is happy to be the leader. Wednesday steady campaigning resumed and Ross says Meridian is a focus.
"I make a commitment to the people of Meridian you will see me a lot for the next three weeks, but when I win this seat I will be your congressman," said Ross.
Through the campaign, Harper, who is city prosecutor for the cities of Richland and Brandon, has said he wants to maintain a clean campaign and he now says he will continue that through the runoff.
"We will continue to do our best to honor the Lord and we will continue to run a clean campaign and we will work until seven o'clock at night on April 1st," said Harper.
One factor that could decide the runoff is who David Landrum's supporters decide to support. Landrum was considered to be a front runner for the runoff, before the election.
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