Special election set in Miss. for the late Rep. Alan Nunnelee’s seat

Rep. Alan Nunnelee, shown with wife Tori, died this month after complications from brain surgery. (AP Photo/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Thomas Wells)

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Tuesday scheduled a May 12 special election to fill the seat left vacant by the death of  Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R), who served Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District from 2011 until his death earlier this month.

“Alan Nunnelee served the people of Mississippi with integrity and distinction,” the governor said in a statement released by his office. "We will remember him and miss him long past this election.”

Nunnelee passed away in early February at the age of 56 after suffering complications related to a brain surgery he underwent last year. He had experienced a troubled recovery and was under hospice care at the time of his death.

Candidates have until March 27 to file qualifying paperwork to run. A special election will be triggered in the event that none of the participating candidates receives more than 50 percent of the vote, taking place on June 2.

Jose A. DelReal covers national politics for The Washington Post.
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