JACKSON, Miss. - Congressman Steven Palazzo has won the Republican nomination for Mississippi's 4th Congressional District.
The 44-year-old two-term incumbent defeated four challengers in the primary, including Gene Taylor, a Democrat-turned-Republican who served 22 year in Congress before Palazzo beat him in 2010.
Palazzo won just more than 50 percent in the primary, questioning the sincerity of the 60-year-old Taylor's conversion to the GOP and pledging to continue opposition to policies of President Barack Obama.
Taylor delayed conceding because of reports of voting problems in Harrison County, but few ballots were involved Wednesday when officials examined them.
Palazzo will face Democratic nominee Matt Moore of Biloxi in the Nov. 4 general election.
He will also have to face independents Cindy Burleson and Ed Reich, Libertarian Joey Robinson and Reform Party member Eli Jackson.
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