By Daniel Brunty
The Choctaw Plaindealer
With the unofficial results from all 13 precincts in Choctaw County from the June 3rd Primary Election, residents choose Chris McDaniel over the long-serving Thad Cochran. These results do not include absentee and provisional ballots. All results are unofficial.
McDaniel, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, carried Choctaw County in the June 3 Primary election. He received 51 percent of the votes while incumbent Thad Cochran received 47 percent. Republican candidate Thomas L. Carey received 1 percent of the vote.
Not only was the race close in the county, the nationwide race between McDaniel and Cochran would eventually lead to a run-off to be held on June 24 (to avoid a runoff, a candidate must receive more than 50 percent).
Other races taking place during the Primary were
the U.S. Senate seat on the Democratic side. Carrying the county in votes in this race was Travis W. Childers with 89 percent of the vote. He was followed by William Bond Compton with five percent of the vote. Bill Marcy and Jonathan Rawl both carried over two percent each.
In the 1st Congressional District-Democrat race, Ron E. Dickey carried the county with 67 percent of the vote, followed by Rex N. Weathers with 31 percent of the vote. In the 1st Congressional District-Republican race, Alan Nunnelee ran unopposed.
The run-off between McDaniels and Cochran will be held on June 24.
Other Runoff information:
The 2014 Primary Runoff Election will be held on June 24, 2014 (Miss. Code Ann §23-15-305)
Polls are open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Citizens must have been registered for the June 3, 2014 Primary Election to be eligible to vote in the June 24, 2014 Primary Runoff Election.
If an eligible voter did not participate in the June 3rd Primary Election, the voter may vote in either the Democratic or Republican Primary Runoff.
The State of Mississippi does not allow “crossover” voting. Meaning, if a voter cast a ballot in the Democratic Primary, he/she must cast a ballot in the Democratic Primary Runoff. If a voter cast a ballot in the Republican Primary, he/she must cast a ballot in the Republican Primary Runoff. (Miss. Code Ann §23-15-575)
Uniformed and Overseas ballots have been transmitted in accordance with State and Federal law.
Post Election Deadlines:
- June 10, 2014: Deadline for voters who did not present acceptable photo identification for the 2014 Primary Election, who had to cast an affidavit ballot, to submit acceptable photo identification to the Circuit Clerk’s Office for their ballot to be counted. (MS Const. §249-A-(2)(c))
- June 13, 2014: Deadline for the State Party Executive Committees to submit certified results to the Secretary of State’s Office. (Miss. Code Ann §23-15-599)