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Andy Roth, writing at CfG.org, laments the “Disappointing loss in MS-03” …

Charlie Ross lost to Gregg Harper in the GOP primary run-off election for Mississippi’s 3rd congressional district last night. The final tally was (with 99% reporting):
Harper — 29,307 votes — 57%
Ross — 22,139 votes — 43%

Disappointing loss?

Hardly.

I’d call this a good old-fashioned whoopin’.

Oh, wait. I already did call it that, didn’t I? Heh.

*snort*

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Harper wins MS 3rd

Conservative blogging legend Nuke Gingrich officially calls it for Gregg Harper over Charlie Ross in the MS 3rd District.

“It was an old-fashioned whoopin’,” said Gingrich, relaxing with a Macanudo and a mint juelp, on the veranda from NG Election Central in southwest Mississippi. “Ross didn’t know what hit him. This is a blowout, and I, for one, couldn’t be happier for the people of the Third District.”

Gingrich endorsed Harper over the weekend, and momentum has been moving in Harper’s direction ever since. Some are calling Gingrich’s expose’ of the Club for Growth, and their attempt to influence Mississippi’s primaries a “watershed moment.” Gingrich, characteristically modest, said of the CfG — Ross connection, “Pat Toomey and his ilk are history. CfG’s march towards irrelevance continues unabated. These guys are just plain bad news. A bunch of rich Yankees who think they can come in here with their dollars and buy themselves a Congressman. Well, the people spoke loudly. Heh™”

Gregg Harper will face a Democrat opponent in the general election, but in the MS 3rd, who really cares? He won the real battle tonight, and that’s all that matters.

(from WLBT, with 80% 92% of the precincts reporting, it’s Harper 57-43 over Ross.)

C-L has the roundup

Harper Grabs Lead in Mississippi 3rd District Runoff

Update at 8:38 pm with 73% precincts reporting

Harper leads 58 – 42

(mi-mi-mi—do I hear the fat lady warming up?)

8:28 pm Early returns, from WLBT, Jackson….with 54% precincts reporting

Gregg Harper —– 59%

Charlie Ross ——– 41%

Looking Goooooooood!

Go Gregg!!!

Harper’s support growing

But will he have time to overtake Establishment candidate Charlie Ross?

from the Clarion Ledger

Jim Nix hadn’t heard of Republican candidate Gregg Harper before the race for the 3rd Congressional District cranked up in January.

But in a small Mississippi town such as Meadville, where the honor system is still used to pay for a weekly newspaper, word of mouth is a powerful way to score votes.

“Here it’s about who you can trust and who you can’t trust,” said Nix, 73, a resident of the town of about 500. “I’ve been knowing some people a long time who know Gregg. They told me what a great guy he is.”

Despite what some called a weakness in initial name recognition, Harper’s “Faith Campaign,” as supporters have nicknamed it, seems to be appealing to folks like Nix.

And among Mississippi’s Republican elite – such as Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, former Sen. Trent Lott and others – Harper has built up credit he can cash in on by working on many of their campaigns.

Still, it is unclear whether Harper, 51, has persuaded enough voters to overtake former state Sen. Charlie Ross.

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gregg_sidney_small.jpgHometown: Pearl

Age: 51

Education: Graduate from
Mississippi College and University of Mississippi School of Law

Occupation: Prosecuting attorney for the cities of Brandon and Richland and private attorney

Family: Married to the former Sidney Hancock of Jackson; two children, Livingston, 18, and Maggie, 16

Hobbies-interests: Spending time with family, participating in church activities.

PreviouslyMS 3rd: Gregg Harper for Congress 

Mississippi 3rd: Gregg Harper for Congress

Tuesday’s Republican run-off offers voters in the Mississippi Third District an interesting choice for the seat being vacated by the retiring Chip Pickering. Gregg Harper and Charlie Ross were the top two finishers in last month’s primary, with my first choice, David Landrum, finishing third.

Madison County Journal offers this endorsement of Mr. Harper:

gregg_harper_family.jpgHarper is a fiscal conservative who wants to put an end to the wasteful Washington spending. He believes in a financially strong America.
He has been an advocate of the Second Amendment and is quick to tell you he is a lifelong member of the NRA.
Harper has also spoken out against illegal immigration, as did most every other Republican candidate.
He is a strong advocate of public schools, educating his own children in them.
Harper is personable and we believe will be more accessible, but he’ll need to surround himself with good people knowledgeable about important issues like transportation, education and economic development.

Ross is an expert in the practice of slash and burn politics, and made quite a few enemies in his recent loss to Phil Bryant in last year’s Lt. Governor’s race. He emerged from that race, however, with sufficient name recognition to give him the leg up in this race, but not enough to prevent him from running another dirty campaign, this time targeting David Landrum.

Ross also earned the endorsement of the nefarious Club for growth.net, chaired by Arkansas billionaire Steve Stephens, and whose major contributors include Massachussets financier and Mitt Romney supporter John Childs. Their record of campaign smear and distortion make them a logical ally for the Charlie Ross campaign.

I, for one, will never vote for a candidate who accepts the endorsement of the Club for Growth.

Good luck, Gregg Harper. I think you’ll make a fine Congressman. You’ve asked for our prayers, and you’ve got them. You’ve also asked for donations. Go here to contribute.

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