JACKSON, Mississippi — All four of Mississippi's U.S. House members will face at least one challenger this year, although none attracted an opponent who's expected to bring a large campaign fund or widespread name recognition.
Friday was candidates' filing deadline, and party primaries are March 8. The general election is Nov. 8.
Rep. Trent Kelly of the northern 1st District and Rep. Gregg Harper of the central 3rd District have one opponent each in the Republican primary. One Democrat is running in the 1st District and two in the 3rd.
The other two House members — Democrat Bennie Thompson in the Delta's 2nd District and Republican Steven Palazzo in the southern 4th District — are unopposed in the primaries. But each faces a general election challenger.
Mississippi does not have a U.S. Senate race this year.
— Kelly, of Tupelo, won the 1st District seat in a 2015 special election after the death of Rep. Alan Nunnelee. Kelly is challenged in this year's Republican primary by Paul Clever of Olive Branch. The Democrat running is Jacob Aaron Owens of Booneville.
— Thompson, of Bolton, won the 2nd District seat in a 1993 special election, and he is the top Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee. His Republican challenger, John Bouie II of Gulfport, lives outside the district. Although living outside the district is allowed in U.S. House races, it's generally a liability for candidates.
— Harper, of Pearl, won the 3rd District seat in 2008. He is opposed in the Republican primary by Jim Giles of Pearl, who said in a news release Monday that he will work to stop the "Muslimification of our United States." In his own news release Friday, Harper said he has been endorsed by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. Democrats running in the 3rd are Dennis Quinn of Magnolia and Nathan Stewart of Brandon.
— Palazzo, of Biloxi, won the 4th District seat in 2010. The Democrat challenging him this year is Mark Dey Gladney of Gulfport.
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