March 6, 2008
By BARRY BURLESON
Marshall County voters, along with those throughout Mississippi, go the polls next week.
The state will hold party primary elections for president, U.S. Senate and U.S. Congress on Tuesday, March 11, to select party nominees for the November General Election. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Absentee voting is now available in the Marshall County circuit clerk’s office, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Also, the office will be open this Saturday, March 8, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, the deadline for voting absentee.
The race for president has narrowed. Some candidates have dropped out as many states have already held primaries.
Headlining the Democratic ballot are Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Top contenders on the Republican side are John McCain and Mike Huckabee.
On the Democratic ballot, candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives, 1st Congressional District, are Travis W. Childers, Marshall W. Coleman, Steve Holland, James K. “Ken” Hurt and Brian Neely.
On the Republican ballot, candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives, 1st Congressional District, are Greg Davis, Glenn L. McCullough Jr. and Randy Russell.
Runoffs (Democratic and Republican) are possible in the Congressional race. If so, they will be held Tuesday, April 1.
Candidates for the U.S. Senate on the Democratic ticket are Erik R. Fleming and Shawn O’Hara.
The lone candidate for the U.S. Senate on the Republican ballot is incumbent Thad Cochran.
Democratic and Republican winners in the House and Senate primaries will advance to the November 4 general election.
Special Election April 22
There will also be a non-partisan special election to fill the vacant seat for U.S. Congress in the 1st Congressional District for the remainder of this year. The date for the special election was recently set for April 22. If a runoff is necessary, it will be May 13. That position came open when former Rep. Roger Wicker was appointed to the U.S. Senate by Gov. Haley Barbour upon Trent Lott’s retirement.
The special election to fill the rest of Lott’s term will be held November 4, the date of the regularly scheduled general election. Candidates for the Senate term, which will run until January 2013, are Wicker and former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove. Former U.S. Rep. Ronnie Shows recently dropped out of the race.
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