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Mississippi primaries: Race for State Senate District 1

Voters in north Mississippi cast ballots Tuesday in the race for State Senate District 1.

(localmemphis.com) – There will be a runoff in the race for State Senate District 1.

The Republican primary was a hotly contested seat because of thedebate over Olive Branch’s attempt to annex unincorporated areas of DeSotoCounty.

Incumbent Chris Massey had the most votes with 45%. He’ll face off against Hernando alderman Michael McLendon who had 30%. DeSoto County planning commission member and farmer Murry Haslip had 25%.

Haslip lives in the proposed annexation area and McLendon has beenvery vocal against annexation. Massey has faced criticism for not doing enoughin Jackson to fight for legislation against annexation.

There isn’t a Democratic opponent, so the winner of the runoff will fill the seat.