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Candidates receive endorsements as campaigns continue

NOTE: Clarifies from Rogers’ campaign of no endorsement from U.S. Congressman Bennie Thompson, correcting what Rogers’ campaign initially released.

It was a day of political endorsement announcements Thursday, both locally in DeSoto County and statewide.  

Republican John T. Williams, who is facing W.I. “Doc” Harris in the Republican primary for House District 28, announced he had received the endorsement of the Mississippi Police Benevolent Association. 

“Their unwavering support is an incredible honor and a testament to our shared commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of Mississippi and its residents,” Williams said in his announcement.  

There are no Democrats on the ballot, so the Republican primary winner will advance and be elected in the November general election.  

Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann was endorsed by National Right to Life, an announcement that follows the Mississippi Right to Life’s recent endorsement of the incumbent lieutenant governor.  

Hosemann has State Sen. Chris McDaniel and Tiffany Longino as Republican challengers and D. Ryan Grover awaits as a Democratic challenger.  

“Mississippi Right to Life and National Right to Life have always been great partners in our mission to enact pro-life and pro-child policy in our State,” Hosemann said. “With the overturning of Roe v. Wade, our work together is just beginning. We are thankful for their support.”

On Thursday, Terry Rogers, a Democrat who is one of three running for the party’s nod in the race for state Agriculture Commissioner against incumbent Andy Gipson, issued information led to believe that he had received the endorsement support of U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson. 

However, on Friday, Rogers issued an email correction to say there was no endorsement from Thompson for Rogers’ candidacy.

“It seems my team made a mistake and we take back that statement we released,” Rogers said.

Rogers, at age 18 is the youngest candidate to ever run for statewide office, is from Quitman.  He is being challenged for the party nomination by Robert Bradford and Bethany Hill.  

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