A special election for a Mississippi Senate seat formerly held by Democrat Jack Gordon will be held Nov. 8, the same day as the state general election.
Gordon had brain cancer and died May 7. He was the senator for District 8, which includes all of Chickasaw County and parts of Calhoun, Grenada and Lee counties.
State law requires the governor to set a special election if a legislative vacancy occurs before June 1 in the final year of a four-year term. Barbour on Friday announced the Nov. 8 special election, with an Oct. 9 qualifying deadline.
It's unclear whether the special election winner will get to do any work as a senator. Winners of the regular legislative elections take office in early January.
Qualifying for the regular election ends Thursday, June 2.