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By CARL SMITH
Turnout was below expected totals for Tuesdayâ€™s Democratic and Republican primaries, but voters narrowed the field of candidates for the November general election.
A faulty network cable delayed the ballot count for Oktibbeha County votes. All 21 voting precincts were tallied, and the final vote count was read at approximately 10:45 p.m. Precinct returns were unavailable at press deadline.
A runoff will be held between Democrats Teresa Davis-Roberson and Debra Prisock Wood for their partyâ€™s Oktibbeha County Circuit Court Clerk nomiation. Davis-Roberson received 38.51 percent of the vote, while Wood received 23.67 percent. The winner of the runoff will Republican Glenn Hamilton in the Nov. 2 general election.
Long-serving Oktibbeha County Sheriff Dolph Bryan also faces a runoff later in the month. Bryan received 34.99 percent of the vote, while Steve Gladney edged out Charlie Sanders by a little over a percentage point to secure second place. Gladney earned 23.93 percent of the vote.
Carl Clardy, incumbent District 1 Supervisor, could potentially face Alander Neal in a runoff for the Democratic nomination for his position. Clardy received 50.2 percent of the vote, but uncounted absentee and affidavit ballots at the time of press could change his percentage. Neal received 42.36 percent of the vote.
On the Republican ticket, John P. Montgomery Jr. won his partyâ€™s nomination for District 1 Supervisor with almost 59 percent of the vote.
A runoff will also be held between incumbent District 5 Supervisor John L. Young and Joe L. Williams for the positionâ€™s Democratic nomination. Young secured 34.27 percent of the vote, while Williams received 23.43 percent.
Democrats will also decide their partyâ€™s nomination for Tax Accessor/Collector in a runoff between Debbie Carrithers and Lisa Wynn. Carrithers won 43.25 percent of the vote, while Wynn secured 35.93 percent.
Incumbent District 2 Supervisor Orlando Trainer won the Democratic nomination with 64.48 percent of the vote. Trainer will face Republican Bubba Gray in November.
Republican Denny Daniels won his primary for the District 3 Supervisor nomination with a little over 70 percent of the vote. Daniels will face Incumbent Marvell Howard.
District Attorney Forrest Allgood won the Democratic primary for his position by more than doubling his closest opponentâ€™s â€” Bill Bambach â€” tally from the night.
Democrat Curtis White won his partyâ€™s nomination for District 1 Constable with over 59 percent of the vote. He will face Republican Shank Phelps, who won his partyâ€™s primary with over 58 percent of the vote.
After statewide elections, two Democrats â€” Johnny DuPree and Bill Luckett â€” will face each other for their partyâ€™s respective nomination for governor on Aug. 23. At press time, Dupree received 44 percent of statewide votes, while Luckett pulled in 39 percent. Only 4 percent of state precincts had yet to be tallied.
DuPree earned 38.56 percent of Oktibbeha County votes, while Luckett earned 43.15 percent.
Republican Phil Bryant was projected to secure his partyâ€™s nomination for state governor with 59 percent of the statewide vote at time of press, defeating his closest competitor, Dave Dennis. Ninety-two percent of the statewide precincts were still out at time of press.
Bryant received 65.46 percent of local votes.
In a highly contested race for the Republican lieutenant governor nomination, Tate Reeves was projected to defeat Billy Hewes at press deadline. Reeves received 56 percent of the statewide vote at press time. Locally, Reeves received over 60 percent of the vote.
Republican Delbert Hosemann also won his partyâ€™s nomination for Secretary of State. Locally, Hosemann picked up almost 90 percent of Oktibbeha County votes.
Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith was also projected to win her partyâ€™s nomination for state Agriculture Commissioner. With 93 percent of statewide precincts reporting, Hyde-Smith had tallied 53 percent of the vote. In Oktibbeha County, she received 47.73 percent of the local vote.
A runoff will be held for the GOP nomination for state Treasurer. At press time, Lynn Fitch and Lee Yancey were separated by less than 10,000 votes. Fitchâ€™s last totals had her with 37 percent of the statewide vote, while Yancey had 34 percent with 93 percent of state precincts reporting. In Oktibbeha County, Lucien Smith received 46 percent of the vote, while Yancey placed second with a little over 27 percent.
Boyce Adams was projected to handily win the GOP nomination for Northern District Public Service Commissioner. With 91 percent of the precincts reporting, Adams was leading Marvin Cox 66 percent to 34 percent.
In the GOP primary for District 35 State House of Representatives, Joey Hood was projected to defeat Shannon Crow by a 56 percent margin. Locally, Hood received a little over 75 percent of the vote.