Jackson mayoral race: Incumbent Lumumba sails to victory in election primary

Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba sailed to victory in the citywide primary elections, easily securing over 50% of the total vote, according to unofficial results Tuesday evening. 

The margin of victory means Lumumba will head straight to the general election on June 8.

He will now face Jason Wells, who won the Republican primary, and three Independent candidates — Shafeqah “BigMama” Lodree, Charlotte Reeves and Les Tannehill.

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba, left, waits to sign in as Precinct 31 poll manager Felicia Peterson, right, of Jackson, Miss., checks his ID at Fire Station 16 on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Voters headed to the polls for Jackson citywide primary elections Tuesday. Winners for Jackson mayor and city council will advance to either runoffs or the city's June 8 general election.

Lumumba, who is seeking a second term, beat out fellow Democratic candidates Patty Patterson, a longtime community organizer and activist, and Ken Wilson, a former Jackson firefighter. 

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