Palazzo and Ezell head to runoff in Mississippi’s 4th congressional district primary – Ballotpedia News

Incumbents Steven Palazzo and Mike Ezell are running in the June 28 Republican primary runoff for Mississippi’s 4th congressional district. In the June 7 primary, Palazzo received 31.6% of the vote, while Ezell received 25.1%. Both candidates qualified for a second round as no candidate received more than 50% of the votes.

Palazzo was first elected to the United States House in 2010. From 2006 to 2011, he served in the Mississippi House of Representatives. Palazzo said voters should choose him because of his congressional experience, his connections at the state, local and federal levels, and his seat on the House Appropriations Committee. Palazzo said, “If we lose that seat of credits, we won’t get it back.” Palazzo also said, “I’m the proven one. I’ve worked hard for southern Mississippi for over 12 years. Look, $26 billion for 26 ships since 2011, fighting for our men and women in uniform, helping to secure funds for the wall on our southern border. I think I’ve been an effective legislator for southern Mississippi. Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise (R) and National Right to Life have endorsed Palazzo’s re-election.

Ezell is the sheriff of Jackson County, a position he was first elected to in 2014. Ezell has campaigned to protect the 2nd Amendment, secure the border and grow the economy. Ezell said voters should choose him because of his law enforcement background: “From the chaos and crisis on our southern border to the crime and drugs that harm so many communities across our country. , it will take someone in Congress with real law enforcement. experience to tackle these issues that affect us all. The candidates who lost in the June 7 primary – Clay Wagner, Brice Wiggins, Carl Boyanton, Raymond Brooks and Kidron Peterson – endorsed Ezell.

Allegations that Palazzo previously misused campaign funds were an issue during the primary, with Ezell saying: “Steven Palazzo has been under the cloud of an ethics investigation.” In 2020, the Congressional Ethics Office released a report that the allegations should be further investigated because “there are substantial grounds to believe that Representative Palazzo converted funds for use staff to pay for expenses that were not legitimate and verifiable campaign expenses attributable to bona fide campaign or political purposes. Palazzo denied the allegations. Palazzo’s campaign spokesperson said, “All of this from the beginning was political, created by political opponents of Congressman Palazzo…We have long been prepared to put this behind us and are confident that this will be resolved in favor of Congressman Palazzo. House Ethics Committee is underway.

Independent race rating agencies eye general election Solid Republican.

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