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Runoff needed for Senate race
by Amanda Sexton Ferguson, Editor and Publisher
Jun 05, 2014 | 137 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The hotly-contested primary Senate race between Republican incumbent Thad Cochran and challenger Chris McDaniel did not end Tuesday night after ballots were counted. Camps for both candidates are preparing to meet once again in a run-off election on June 24.

According to unofficial results reported by various news organizations, neither candidate reached 50 percent of the vote to be declared the winner of Tuesday’s election. McDaniel had a slight edge in vote count with just over 153,000 votes, compared to Cochran’s 151,000 votes.

Incumbent Congressman Bennie Thompson handily defeated Democratic challenger Damien Fairconetue in the primary. No Republican primary was held.

Thompson will face independent Troy Ray and Shelley Shoemake of the Reform Party in the Nov. 4 general election.

Montgomery County

Unofficially, 1,938 voters of 6,812 registered voters in Montgomery County cast ballots in Tuesday primary election.

In the Republican senate primary, Montgomery County voters favored Thad Cochran with a total of 523 votes or 49.62 percent of the vote to McDaniel’s 519 votes or 49.24 percent of the vote. Challenger Thomas L. Carey received 12 votes.

In the Democratic senate primary, Travis Childers received 608 votes or 77.95 percent of the vote, followed by William Bond Compton with 86 votes, Bill Marcy with 58 votes, and Jonathan Rawl with 25 votes.

In the 2nd Congressional District primary election, incumbent Bennie G. Thompson took 95.94 percent (827) of Montgomery County’s vote over challenger Damien Fairconctue’s 3.94 percent (34 votes).

According to the Montgomery County Circuit Clerk’s office, 12 affidavit ballots remained to be counted at press time.

Carroll County

Nearly 30 percent of registered voters turned out at Carroll County’s precincts Tuesday, with the heaviest traffic at polls in Carrollton, McCarley and the Jefferson Community.

In the highly anticipated GOP Senate primary, Thad Cochran was the favorite in Carroll County with 722 votes. Chris McDaniel trailed 104 votes short with 618. Thomas Carey finished with six votes.

Travis Childers ran away with the majority of the Democratic votes for Senate, ending the day with 737 Carroll County votes. Bill Marcy finished with 70 votes.

In the Democratic House of Representatives race Bennie Thompson got 614 votes at the end of the day. Damien Fairconetue received 42 votes.

According to Stanton there was a 28.5 percent turnout on Tuesday’s primary, and 58 affidavits remained to be counted at press time.

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