2014 primary election results

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.

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3 thoughts on “2014 primary election results

  1. I just don’t understand why the popular vote don’t win it….its a stupid rule… Bottom line Chris won ,he had more votes…… Now we gotta do it again….let’s go Chris….

    • Simply put, the law says the nominee must have a majority of the vote cast not just the most votes. MS Code § 23-15-305 says the “The candidate who received the majority number of votes cast for the office which he seeks shall thereby become the nominee of his party for such office and no person shall be declared to be the nominee of his party unless and until he has received a majority of the votes cast for such office, except as hereinafter provided. If no candidate received such majority of the votes cast in the first primary, then the two (2) candidates who receive the highest number of votes cast for such office shall have their names submitted as such candidates to the second primary and the candidate who leads in such second primary shall be nominated for the office.”

      After this election, a the State Legislature just may introduce a bill to amend that portion of Mississippi’s election law!

    • Check-out the Washington Post article, “Runoff elections a relic of Democratic South” (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/06/04/runoff-elections-a-relic-of-the-democratic-south/) for the history. Pretty interesting with statements like “After blacks were eliminated as voters in the South, that ended the Republican Party.” Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas are the states that require a runoff if a majority of the vote is not gained in the primary.

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