Democratic runoff for District 10 House seat sees changes

Published 2:43 pm Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The runoff to determine the Democratic candidate for the District 10 Mississippi House of Representatives seat has seen some major changes a week after the August 6 primaries.

Following last week’s primary results, Amanda Campbell and Nolan Webb were set to face each other in the Aug. 27 runoff. The only problem was, it had been reported, and even written on Webb’s campaign Facebook page, that he had withdrawn from the race prior to the primary. However, Webb’s withdrawal was too close to the primary and the ballots had already been printed, which meant he was still in the race.

On Wednesday, Webb contacted the EAGLE to clarify that there was a “miscommunication,” and said he had not withdrawn from the race. He went on to say he would be in the runoff election, and in November’s general election if he wins. However, Webb will not be running against Campbell.

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The EAGLE has learned that Campbell intends withdraw from the District 10 race, due to taking a new job in a different area of the country, per Lafayette County Democratic Chair Christy Hemmins. Hemmins noted Campbell could still run due to having a homestead in the district, but is choosing to withdraw anyway. In the Lafayette County primary, Campbell received 48 percent of the vote (552 votes), with Webb finishing second with 28 percent (318 votes).

As of now, Webb is scheduled to face Bobby E. Dailey in the runoff, due to Campbell’s impending withdrawal. Dailey finished third in Lafayette County, receiving 22 percent of the vote with 255 votes.

The Panola County Circuit Clerk’s office could not confirm Campbell’s withdrawal and was informed by the Mississippi Secretary of State office that the state Democratic party was waiting to announce all candidates for runoffs after it had received certified results from every county, which they began receiving Wednesday.