Thursday, February 14, 2008
Mississippians go to polls March 11
By BARRY BURLESON
Mississippi’s big Tuesday is still three and a half weeks away.
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.
The race for president has narrowed. Some candidates have dropped out as many states have already held primaries.
Headlining the Democratic ballot are Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. 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.
Candidates for the U.S. Senate on the Democratic ticket are Erik R. Fleming and Shawn O’Hara.
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.
The lone candidate for the U.S. Senate on the Republican ballot is incumbent Thad Cochran.
Democratic and Republican winners in those House and Senate races will advance to the November general election.
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 has not yet been set. 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. That ruling, which sided with Governor Barbour, was made last week by the Mississippi Supreme Court on a 7-2 vote. Attorney General Jim Hood had filed a lawsuit challenging Barbour’s date, saying the election should be held within 100 days of Lott’s resignation, which came in December of last year.
Candidates for the Senate term, which will run until January 2013, are Wicker, former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove and former U.S. Rep. Ronnie Shows.
All three will appear on the November ballot. If no one obtains a majority vote, the top two vote-getters will advance to a runoff.
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