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GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Voters on the Mississippi Gulf Coast have chosen a new state senator without the need for a runoff election.

Real estate developer Joel Carter took the majority of the votes Tuesday in Senate District 49, which covers parts of Harrison County.

He beat two other candidates, youth pastor Dan Q. Carr and event manager Ron Meyers.

Carter succeeds Sean Tindell, who stepped down from the seat in October when Gov. Phil Bryant appointed him to the state Court of Appeals.

Special election ballots don’t list party labels, but Carter and the other two candidates all say they are Republican. The GOP holds a supermajority in both chambers of the Legislature.

Carter’s victory means he will be seated by the time the legislative session begins Jan. 2.