A couple days ago, former state Rep. Mark DuVall qualified to run for the First District Congressional seat as a Democrat. In November, DuVall lost by more than 20 points to Republican Randy Boyd as he was trying for a second term in HD 19, a Northeast Mississippi House seat. This is the first and, so far, only Democrat to pursue this seat currently held by Rep. Alan Nunnelee.
The qualifying deadline is tomorrow, and while Nunnelee isn’t getting a free pass, he is certainly the favorite to win a second term. As of September 30, the incumbent had around $340,000 in the bank. Q4 numbers, traditionally down because of the holidays, should be out for everyone next week.
** Henry Ross, one of the Republicans hoping to defeat Nunnelee in the primary, postponed his planned campaign kickoff that was to take place in four cities today. It has been rescheduled for next week, though exact time and location has not been announced yet.
** As Heather McTeer begins her campaign to unseat Rep. Bennie Thompson in the Democratic primary, she had a fundraising reception in Jackson last night. She’s going to need it. Thompson has more money then any Congressman in the state. He ended September with more than $1.7 million in the bank. Thompson raises a lot, and spends a lot. His distributions traditionally aren’t much less than what the three Republicans combine to spend.
McTeer has begun her fundraising as well; she has raised about $63,000 which includes a $40,000 candidate loan.