Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo did not garner sufficient votes to dam out all six challengers in Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District major on Tuesday, sending the election to a run-off later this month.
Palazzo, who has served within the Home of Representatives since 2011, led with 32% of the vote. His run-off challenger has but to be decided as Mike Ezell had garnered 24% of the vote, only one share level forward of Clay Wagner with 94% of the precincts reporting on Tuesday night time.
Palazzo will face off towards the eventual second-place finisher in a June 28 runoff in spite of everything candidates did not earn 50% of the vote.
The sector of challengers to Palazzo additionally included businessman Carl Boyanton and State Sen. Brice Wiggins. Candidates Raymond Brooks and Kidron Peterson additionally threw their hats within the ring.
Palazzo campaigned to carry his seat amid allegations that he abused his workplace by way of misspending marketing campaign funds, doing favors for his brother, and enlisting employees for political and private errands.
The accusations stem from a 2021 report by the Workplace of Congressional Ethics which mentioned it discovered “substantial cause to imagine” the congressman misused his workplace.
State Sen. Brice Wiggins has been vying for Rep. Steven Palazzo’s seat.Rogelio V. Solis/AP
Businessman Carl Boyanton joined the massive discipline of Republican hopefuls.Rogelio V. Solis/AP
The watchdog really helpful the Home Committee on Ethics examine the allegations additional, saying Palazzo “might have violated Home guidelines, requirements of conduct, and federal legislation.”
On the time, then-spokesperson Colleen Kennedy mentioned the report was primarily based on politically motivated “false allegations,” in keeping with the Related Press.
The incumbent lawmaker has additionally confronted rising criticism over his lack of presence each in Congress and candidate boards on the marketing campaign path.
Whereas Palazzo signed onto a 2020 lawsuit difficult proxy voting within the Home, he has submitted at the very least seven letters to Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi informing that he wouldn’t be current to vote.
As of early Could, conservative public coverage group Ripon Society discovered that Palazzo had voted by proxy at the very least 66 occasions.
With AP wires