Democrat Bennie Thompson easily defeated Republican Bill Marcy with 67 percent of the vote. Thompson said he will continue working for 2nd Dictrict citizens,
"I'll go back to Washington in short order and continue to work for the finest citizens, the citizens of the 2nd District," he told News Mississippi's Iris Barnes.
Republican Steven Palazzo also easily won back his seat in the 1st District, as did Alan Nunelee in the 4th District. Both spoke with News Mississippi shortly thereafter and said they will continue to represent their districts. Both saw military sequestration as a threat to Mississippi jobs. Palazzo also talked about the potential for Ingall's Shipbuilding to grow Mississippi's employment potential on the coast and in surrounding counties.
In the 3rd District, Republican Gregg Harper was re-elected with 80 percent of the vote. Harper told News Mississippi's Knox Graham that he will continue to try to find ways to fight government spending in his next term.
"Four straight years under the Obama administration of trillion-dollar deficits is unsustainable," he said.
Sen. Roger Wicker had a bit more of a fight on his hands, getting 57 percent of the vote, with Democrat challenger Albert Gore, Jr. showing 40 percent. Wicker said he sees overspending as an issue he will continue to address.
"We've got to sit around the table, just as a family that has fallen on hard times would do. We've got to figure out ways to cut spending, even on programs we like."
Wicker said sequestration has to be addressed. The massive cuts to the military budget are set to cut out 11,000 Mississippi jobs by Jan. 3.
"We've got this 16 trillion-dollar debt. It's a threat to national security."
And for president, Mississippi chose Mitt Romney, the Republican challenger to Pres. Barack Obama, by 55 percent. Forty-four percent went to Obama, with one percent of the Mississippi vote going to Libertarian Gary Johnson.