Nation IN BRIEF : MISSISSIPPI : Gov. Mabus Wins Democratic Primary

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Gov. Ray Mabus, seeking to become the first Mississippi governor this century to serve consecutive terms, won a three-way Democratic primary Tuesday with 50.4% of the vote, barely avoiding a runoff. Former U.S. Rep. Wayne Dowdy received 41.4% of the vote, and newcomer George (Wagon Wheel) Blair got 8.1%. Neither political newcomer Kirk Fordice nor state auditor Pete Johnson won a majority in Tuesday's Republican primary, forcing a runoff Oct. 8.

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