State Sen. Alan Nunnelee won Mississippi's 1st district Republican primary Tuesday earning the nod to face Rep. Travis Childers (D-Miss.) in November.
Nunnelee, a top recruit for the National Republican Congressional Committee, was able to avoid a run-off. He claimed 52 percent of the vote, while former Eupora mayor Henry Ross pulled in 33 percent and former Fox News commentator Angela McGlowan finished a distant third with 15 percent, according to unofficial results.
The NRCC issued a memo previewing its line of attack against the Democratic incumbent.
"Unlike Childers, who opposes repeal of a healthcare bill that mandated taxpayer-funded abortions, Nunnelee is a pro-life Republican with the record to back it up," the memo said.
Democrats, meanwhile, continued to tie Nunnelee to cuts in the state budget.
"Alan Nunnelee's a career politician whose legacy puts him out of touch with middle class families here in North Mississippi," Sam Hall, executive director of the Mississippi Democratic Party, said in a statement.
Also in Mississippi, state Rep. Steven Palazzo (R) won the nod to face Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.). The NRCC said Palazzo will give the 10-term incumbent the "most credible challenge of his congressional career."