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Pickering defeats fellow incumbent in Mississippi

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JACKSON, Mississippi (CNN) -- GOP Rep. Chip Pickering defeated fellow Rep. Ronnie Shows, a Democrat, on Tuesday, CNN projected.

The two men were put into the same district when a federal court redrew the state's congressional districts. The state also lost a seat after the 2000 Census.

The federal map features a district with a 30 percent minority population. Shows preferred a map drawn by a state court that had black voters comprising 37 percent of the district.

Pickering also was far more successful in fund raising than Shows, and Republicans were motivated by the Democratic-controlled Senate's refusal to confirm Pickering's father, Judge Charles Pickering, to a federal appeals court post.

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