Thursday, May 1, 2008
Childers, Davis move to May 13 runoff
By BARRY BURLESON
Travis Childers got more than 60 percent of the vote in Marshall County April 22 but he did not get enough district-wide to win the special election without a runoff.
The election was to choose an interim replacement for Roger Wicker in the U.S. House of Representatives, First Congressional District. Wicker was appointed to the U.S. Senate in December of last year.
The hotly-contested race moves to a runoff Tuesday, May 13, between Childers, of Booneville, and Greg Davis of Southaven.
In Marshall County, Childers received 1,633 votes (61.86 percent) to Davis’ 950 (35.98 percent). Four other candidates on the ballot received 57 votes combined.
Only 14.25 percent of the county’s registered voters participated in the April 22 special election.
Just more than 2,000 votes separated the two candidates district-wide. With all 462 precincts reporting across 24 counties, Childers had 33,138 votes, or 49.4 percent, while Davis received 31,066, or 46.3 percent.
According to press reports, Childers led the ballot in 16 counties and won 60 percent of the vote outside DeSoto County, but Davis’ 81 percent margin in his DeSoto County home base was a staggering 10,148 to 2,064.
Absentee voting for the special election runoff is now 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 the next two Saturdays, May 3 and May 10, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon for absentee voting.
Childers and Davis will meet in the November 4 general election, with the winner filling the U.S. House of Representatives seat formerly held by Wicker. It will be a two-year term, starting in 2009.
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