6/4/2014 6:00:00 AM Cochran wins Neshoba, run-off in GOP Senate likely
By CONOR BELL and STEVEN THOMAS
Incumbent U.S. Senator Thad Cochran carried Neshoba County with 52.49 percent of the vote, but appeared to be headed to a run-off with challenger Chris McDaniel at press time.
Nearly 21 percent of the county's 16,425 registered voters cast ballots in the primaries.
In complete but unofficial returns from Neshoba County, Cochran had 1,508 votes, or 52.49 percent, while McDaniel had 1,336 votes, or 46.5 percent, to Carey's 29.
Statewide, with 95.4 percent of the precincts reporting, McDaniel had 49.5 percent to Cochran's 49 percent and Thomas L. Carey's 1.6 percent.
A run-off would be held June 24.
In statewide returns in the Democratic Senate primary race, Travis W. Childers carried 74.5 percent of the vote; William Bond Compton Jr., 9.8 percent, Bill Marcy, 11.7 percent and Jonathan Rawl, 4.1 percent.
In the Democratic primary, Neshoba County voters gave their support to Childers, with 274 votes, or 60.62 percent; Compton, 88 votes, or 19.47 percent; Marcy, 66 votes, or 14.6 percent; and Rawl, 20 votes, or 4.42 percent.
Former Rep. Travis Childers captured the Democratic nomination to oppose the winner of the Cochran-McDaniel race in Mississippi, a state that last elected a Democratic senator in 1982.
Statewide, in the Republican primary for U.S. House of Representatives, Third District, incumbent Gregg Harper tallied 92.6 percent of the vote while Hardy Caraway had 7.4 percent.
Neshoba County Republican voters gave their support to Harper with 2,608 votes or 93.91 percent over Caraway who polled 169 votes or 6.09 percent.
Statewide, in the Democratic primary for U. S. House of Representatives, Third District, Jim Liljeberg polled 15 percent of the vote; Douglas MacArthur (D.M.) Magee, 46.5 percent; and Dennis C. Quinn, 38.4 percent.
Magee and Quinn are also scheduled for the June 24 run-off election.
In Neshoba County in the Democratic primary for U. S. House of Representatives, Third District, Liljeberg polled 53 votes or 13.09 percent; Magee, 236 votes or 58.27 percent; and Quinn, 112 votes or 27.65 percent.
Voters in Tuesday's primaries were asked to show an acceptable photo identification before casting ballots.
Neshoba County Circuit Clerk Patti Duncan Lee said, "We have not had any problems with the Voter I.D. The election commissioner has been to all the precincts, and we have not heard anything from him."
When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the controversial voter ID amendment was approved by Mississippians in 2011 and passed by the State Legislature in 2012.
On Tuesday, one voter said voting is important because he has fought for this right.
"I've been voting since I was 18, and I gave four years to the U.S. Marine Crops fighting for that right," said Gary Staats. "Several hundred thousand men and women died so I can have this right."
"If you are able to vote, you need to vote and need to voice your opinion," he said.