The Democrats settled their nominees Tuesday evening. Travis Childers took 74% of the vote to face the Republican nominee for the Mississippi’s U.S. Senate seat. Matt Moore defeated Trish Causey 6,131 to 4,900 to be the Democrat nominee for the 4th Congressional District.
The Republican Primary was a much different story. At last tally, Rep. Steven Palazzo leads 52,962 to Gene Taylor’s 45,186 and appears to have just over 50% of the vote. Palazzo claimed victory late Tuesday night but the Taylor campaign is still holding-out for a possible runoff.
The race for the Republican spot for U.S. Senate remains undetermined. Little consideration was given to Thomas Carey, a third candidate in the primary who drew just enough votes (1.7%) to prevent either Sen. Thad Cochran or Chris McDaniel from obtaining the required “50% +1” of the vote necessary to win the party nomination. It is still possible for McDaniel to win outright but all indications point to a runoff election on June 24th.
Sam R. Hall of the Clarion-Ledger is already predicting a McDaniel win if a runoff is required. Hall points to the excitement of the McDaniel supporters and the lack of momentum in the Cochran campaign as the biggest indicators.
For more information:
- June 3rd Election Results
- Mississippi GOP Primary race too close to call
- Miss. GOP Senate race tight; Childers wins Dem nod
- Takeaways from the GOP Senate primary in Mississippi
- McDaniel leads Senate race; Palazzo confident he’ll avoid runoff