Thursday, March 20, 2008
Runoff vote set for April 1
By SUE WATSON
The primary election runoff for the Congressional District 1 seat will be Tuesday, April 1. Candidates are set for runoff on both Democratic and Republican party tickets.
In the Republican Party, Glenn McCullough Jr. of Tupelo faces Greg Davis of DeSoto County. Candidates left standing on the Democratic Party ticket are Travis Childers of Booneville and Steve Holland of Plantersville.
Figures reported by the North Mississippi Daily Journal March 13 showed McCullough the top vote getter on the Republican side with 39 percent of the vote. Davis claimed 37 percent. Randy Russell took 24 percent and was eliminated from the race.
On the Democratic side, Childers took 42 percent with Holland getting 31 percent of the vote. Candidates eliminated from the race were Marshall Coleman, Brain Neely and Ken Hurt who collectively took 27 percent of the vote.
Statewide, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama won the Democratic Party caucus for president with 61 percent of the vote. Sen. Hillary Clinton won 37 percent of the vote.
In the Republican Party caucus for president, Sen. John McCain was the winner.
Marshall County results
In Marshall County, Primary Election results show 40.45 percent of registered voters cast ballots, according to official final results for the March 11 primary election and caucuses for president.
On the Democratic ticket, Barack Obama claimed 60 percent of the vote to Hillary Clinton’s 37.4 percent.
On the Republican Party ticket, John McCain took 73 percent of the vote.
In the race for U.S. Senate, Erick R. Fleming took 62 percent of the Democratic party vote to Shawn O’Hara’s 37.8 percent.
Incumbent Republican Party candidate Thad Cochran was unopposed.
Fleming and Cochran face off next in the November 4 general election.
In the 1st Congressional District race, Travis Childers took 45.8 percent of the Democratic Party vote in the county. Marshall Coleman took 21 percent and Steve Holland 13 percent. Bringing up the rear were James Kenneth Hurt with 7.5 percent and Brian Henry Neely with 12 percent.
On the Republican Party ticket, Greg Davis won 42.5 percent of the vote for Congress, with Randy Russell taking 32.9 percent and Glen McCullough claiming 24 percent.
Voters must have registered by February 10 to vote in the April 1 runoff election, according to circuit clerk Lucy Carpenter. Voters who voted in the March 11 election will have to vote the same party ticket in the April 1 run-off election.
Absentee voters can request ballots at the circuit clerk’s office and vote in person by absentee during regular week-day working hours and on Saturday, March 22, and Saturday, March 29 between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m.
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