Two prominent lawmakers fall in primary House races

Two prominent Republican lawmakers in the state legislature will lose their seats after falling in last night’s primary election.

Rep. Greg Snowden, the Speaker Pro Tempore of the Mississippi House of Representatives, was defeated by Billy Adam Calvert in last night’s primary. Calvert won the race by a 52%-48% margin.

Snowden has served District 83 (Lauderdale County) since 2000. In a Facebook post, Snowden expressed disappointment in the result of the race and reflected on his time in the legislature.

Rep. Jeff Smith had held his seat in District 39 (Lowndes & Monroe) since 1992, but he was taken down by Dana McLean in the primary by a similar 52%-48% margin. Smith chairs the Ways and Means Committee in the House. Like Snowden, Smith was gracious in defeat and wished his opponent well.