Thursday, April 10, 2008
Davis, Childers win primary runoff races
By BARRY BURLESON
Marshall County voters went along with the 1st Congressional District majority on Tuesday, April 1.
Greg Davis was the Republican ballot winner in the primary election runoff and Travis W. Childers the Democratic victor.
The two will meet in the November 4 general election, with the winner then filling the U.S House of Representatives seat formerly held by Roger Wicker. Gov. Haley Barbour appointed Wicker to the Senate, replacing a retiring Trent Lott. Also on the November ballot will be Independent Wally Pang and the Green Party’s John Wages Jr.
Davis is mayor of Southaven. Childers is Prentiss County chancery clerk.
Only 12 percent of the registered voters in Marshall County participated in the April 1 runoff races.
On the Republican side, Davis almost doubled up his opponent, receiving 478 votes to Glenn L. McCullough Jr.’s 258.
On the Democratic side, Childers was even more dominant. He received 1,118 votes in Marshall County to Steve Holland’s 348.
The district covers 24 counties.
Districtwide, Davis garnered 51 percent of the votes to McCullough’s 49 percent. Unofficial totals showed Davis with 16,830 votes and McCullough with 16,305.
Districtwide, Childers captured 57 percent of the vote. Unofficial totals showed Childers with 20,729 votes and Holland with 15,439.
A special election to fill the 1st Congressional position the remainder of the year will be held Tuesday, April 22. The seat has been open since Wicker’s appointment to the Senate in December of last year.
Six names will appear on the special election ballot, but only four will count, according to press reports. The active candidates are the two winners in last week’s runoffs – Childers and Davis – along with Pang and Wages. McCullough and Holland, whose names will be on the ballot, have said because they lost their party’s nominations in the April 1 vote, they will not try to fill Wicker’s unexpired term, according to press reports.
The special election April 22 will be nonpartisan. All candidates will be on the same ballot and candidates’ parties will not be listed.
Absentee voting for the April 22 special election is available in the Marshall County circuit clerk’s office during regular hours – Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The office will also be open Saturday, April 12, and Saturday, April 19, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon for absentee voting.
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