Deceased candidate wins chancery judge race

James H.C. Thomas
James H.C. Thomas

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Governor Haley Barbour will likely be required to appoint an individual to serve as the District 10 Place 1 Chancery Judge.

James H.C. Thomas, who passed away in early October, won the race by around 8,000 votes.

On the ballot, it appeared he ran unopposed, but there was a blank provided for write-in candidates.

Unofficial returns show that Thomas received 28,350 votes to a combined total of 20,475 for all write-in candidates. Forrest County was the only county where write ins had the majority.

  • Forrest County: Thomas- 6,850   Write-in 8,315
  • Lamar County:  Thomas-8,780   Write-in - 4,893
  • Marion County: Thomas- 3,603    Write-in - 3,050
  • Pearl River County: Thomas- 7,540    Write-in - 3,046
  • Perry County: Thomas- 1,577    Write-in - 1,171

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