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Candidates Look For Edge In Jackson Mayor's Race

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    The run-off race for Jackson mayor is just days away, and both candidates are looking for any edge they can find to win votes.

    Friday, the contenders in the Democratic primary run-off announced new endorsements.

    Businessman Jonathan Lee faces city councilman Chokwe Lumumba in Tuesday's election.

    Observers say the outcome of the race could be close.

    Perhaps that's why both men are busy looking for high profile supporters in the last few days.    

    At a Friday morning city hall news conference, Hinds County supervisor Kenneth Stokes and two state lawmakers, representatives Earle Banks and Jim Evans, threw their support behind Lumumba.

    Three hours later on the steps of the state capitol, state senator John Horhn said he's backing Lee for mayor.

    Meantime, Congressman Bennie Thompson's decision to back Lumumba is raising eyebrows. The congressman recorded a radio ad endorsing Lumumba and attacking Republicans for meddling in the Democratic primary, alluding to Lee. But Lee tells us he's a real Democrat.

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