There are several factors that come into play for the upcoming GOP run-off primary. First, there will be no Democratic Primary-runoff election on Tuesday, June 24 because Democrat Travis Childers, the former congressman from the First Congressional District, got over fifty percent of the vote in his primary and avoided a run-off. Therefore the only primary run-off will be from the Republican primary featuring incumbent Thad Cochran and state senator Chris McDaniel, since neither candidate got above the fifty percent mark on June 3.
If a voter voted in the June 3, Democratic primary they will not be allowed to vote in the Republican run-off on June 24. Every voter who voted in the June 3 Republican primary can vote again in their party primary-run-off on June 24, and if a voter did not cast a ballot at all in either party primary on June 3, they are perfectly eligible to vote in the Republican run-off.
This election will be decided on turnout; what I mean by this is with the first primary being so close McDaniel and Cochran will need to get everyone of their voters back to the polls, and I am sure each campaign will make every effort to get their base constituency out to vote in the run-off. However, the other factor that will most likely decide the election in the end is the voters who did not cast a ballot at all in the first primary. With these voters comes the chance to expand the electorate for the run-off, and I am sure each campaign is targeting these registered voters.
At stake in this run-off is not only the chance to face Childers in November but the direction of the Mississippi Republican Party and most of all the direction this state will take as far as its representation in Washington.
It all relies on turnout; that is what elections always come down to in the end, especially run-off elections like this one with no other race on the ballot. It is very important for all eligible voters to vote on June 24. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and remember to bring a valid ID.
Ken Strachan is a former mayor of North Carrollton and serves as Carroll County coroner.