In Mississippi, if not for the action of elected officials, a proposal to expand Medicaid also most likely would have been on the upcoming November ballot. Credit: Eric J. Shelton/Mississippi Today, Report For America

Two Mississippi House incumbents will be fighting for their political lives in Tuesday’s primary runoff elections, and four other legislative seats across the state will have party nominees.

State Rep. Nick Bain of Corinth, who was first elected to the House in 2011, will face Brad Mattox in the Republican primary in District 2, which encompasses most of Alcorn County in northeast Mississippi.

And in southeast Mississippi in District 105, consisting of portions of Perry, Greene and George counties, first-term incumbent Rep. Dale Goodin faces a Republican primary runoff challenge from Elliott Burch.

In total, there will be runoff elections today in six House districts. Runoffs occur under Mississippi election law when no candidate garners a majority vote in the first election. No runoffs are slated for Senate seats or for statewide posts, though there will be additional runoff elections throughout the state for multiple county posts.

The first primary was held Aug. 8. In that election, Bain captured 48% of the vote compared to 35.1% for Mattox. And Goodin garnered 29.8% of the vote and actually trailed Burch, who captured 46.2%.

The winner between Goodin and Burch will face Democrat Matthew Daves in the November general election. The Bain-Mattox winner will be unopposed in November.

The other four House runoffs slated for Tuesday are:

  • District 105 in Harrison County for the seat currently held by retiring Rep. Randall Patterson: Republican Zachary Grady, who earned 46.8% of the vote in the Aug. 8 primary, faces Felix Gines, who earned 37.7%.
  • District 66 in Jackson for the seat currently held by Public Service Commission candidate De’Keither Stamps: Democrat Fabian Nelson, who earned 42.6% in the Aug. 8 primary, faces Roshunda Harris-Allen, who earned 31.3%.
  • District 69 in Jackson for the seat currently held by retiring Rep. Alyce Clarke: Democrat Tamarra Butler-Washington, who earned 48.5% in the Aug. 8 primary, faces Patty Patterson, who earned 29.8%.
  • District 72 in portions of Hinds and Madison counties for the seat formerly held by Debra Gibbs: Democrat Justis Gibbs, who earned 40.8% in the Aug. 8 primary, faces Rukia Lumumba, who earned 30.7%.

The polls on Tuesday will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. and will be open to any voter who lives within one of those six districts. If you voted in the Aug. 8 primary, however, you may only vote in the runoff of that same party. If you did not vote on Aug. 8, you can vote in either party’s runoff.

READ MORE: Mississippi primary election results from Aug. 8, 2023

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Bobby Harrison, Mississippi Today’s senior capitol reporter, covers politics, government and the Mississippi State Legislature. He also writes a weekly news analysis which is co-published in newspapers statewide. A native of Laurel, Bobby joined our team June 2018 after working for the North Mississippi Daily Journal in Tupelo since 1984. He is president of the Mississippi Capitol Press Corps Association and works with the Mississippi State University Stennis Institute to organize press luncheons. Bobby has a bachelor's in American Studies from the University of Southern Mississippi and has received multiple awards from the Mississippi Press Association, including the Bill Minor Best Investigative/In-depth Reporting and Best Commentary Column.