The Clarion Ledger - Former Tupelo Mayor Glenn McCullough, a Republican, holds the fundraising lead in the race for the 1st District seat vacated by Sen. Roger Wicker, who represented the district in Congress for 12 years before his appointment to the Senate. From Jan. 1 to Feb. 20, McCullough raised about $334,000 and spent about $142,000. About $45,500 came from political action committees, including the Entergy Corporation Political Action Committee and the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi. McCullough has used his fundraising advantage to run ads on local television, a Christian radio station and another local radio station, said campaign manager Brad Davis.
The two other Republicans in the race, Southhaven Mayor Greg Davis and Oxford doctor Randy Russell, raised about $267,000 and $161,000 respectively.
Democrats who filed for the seat are state Rep. Steve Holland, Prentiss County Chancery Clerk Travis Childers, Tupelo lawyer Brian Neely, Derma businessman Marshall Coleman and political consultant Ken Hurt. Campaign finance reports for them were not available as of Friday.
The race for the 1st District seat is characterized by a compressed calendar - the seat became vacant on Jan. 1 - and several elections. "It's been a very compact period to do a lot of stuff," Davis said. The winner of the March 11 primary will run in the Nov. 4 general election. But a special election will be held on April 22 to fill the seat for the remainder of this congressional term.