Thursday, November 10, 2011
Taylor, Stone win; Bryant governor
An incumbent county supervisor and a state senator won re-election Tuesday.
Also a Holly Springs native was elected to a statewide office.
Democrat Keith Taylor claimed a fourth term as District 3 supervisor. He beat Republican Terry Rodgers 1,399 votes to 518, according to unofficial totals.
All other candidates for county offices were unopposed.
Two closely watched races were for state senator District 2 and state representative District 13.
In Marshall County, Democrat Bill Stone dominated Republican Michael Cobb in his re-electon bid for the State Senate District 2, and also won the district for a second term.
In Marshall, Stone got 6,458 votes to Cobb’s 2,415.
“I’m honored to represent the people of this district for another term,” he said.
Democrat Billy B. Gray and Republican Steve E. Massengill vied for the State House District 13 seat.
In Marshall County, Gray was the top vote-getter with 1,279. Massengill had 1,201.
Districtwide, according to media reports, the District 13 race was too close to call at presstime.
Rep. Kelvin Buck (District 5) and Rep. Tommy Woods (District 52) were unopposed.
For Northern District public service commissioner, Brandon Presley carried Marshall County with 5,237 votes to Boyce Adams’ 3,397. Presley was declared the winner districtwide.
Marshall Countian Ray Minor led the ballot in his home county for Northern District transportation commissioner, but Mike Tagert was declared the winner by presstime.
Minor received 6,053 votes in Marshall County to incumbent Mike Tagert’s 2,746.
There were seven contested races statewide, headlined by governor.
Democrat Johnny L. Dupree was a slight victor in Marshall – 4,628 votes to Republican Phil Bryant’s 4,518.
Bryant was declared the winner in the governor’s race at about 9:15 p.m.
Holly Springs’ own Lynn Fitch, a Republican, was the winner in the state treasurer’s race.
In Marshall County, she received 4,311 votes to Connie Moran’s 4,226 and Shawn O’Hara’s 232.
Marshall County totals for other state races follow.
Lieutenant Governor – Tate Reeves, 5,406; Tracella Lou O’Hara Hill, 2,186.
Attorney General – Jim Hood, 5,653; Steve Simpson, 3,072.
State Auditor – Stacey E. Pickering, 4,635; Ashley Norwood 2,666.
Commissioner of Agriculture – Joel Gill, 4,687; Cindy Hyde-Smith, 3,617; Cathy L. Toole, 308.
Commissioner of Insurance – Mike Chaney, 4,180; Louis Fondren, 4,139; Barbara Dale Washer, 321.
Reeves, Hood, Pickering, Hyde-Smith and Chaney were winners statewide.
There were three initiatives on the Tuesday ballot.
Marshall Countians predominantly voted no (5,168 no and 3,518 yes) on Initiative 26 (the personhood initiative). They favored Initiative 27 (the voter ID) 4,617 to 4,198; and they said yes to Initiative 31 (to limit eminent domain) 6,407 to 2,443.
Those trends also held true statewide with Initiative 26 rejected and Initiatives 27 and 31 passing, according to unofficial totals.
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