Voters to Make More Than One Choice Next Month

By: Jon Kalahar Email
By: Jon Kalahar Email

Mississippians go to the polls August 7. But unlike in the general election, voters have to choose which primary they'll vote in. This has nothing to do with a recent federal court ruling requiring Mississippi to close primaries.

"It's simply your choice based on the candidates you're interested in," said Eric Clark, Mississippi's secretary of state.

Clark says that may not be the case in the future.

"It's entirely up to the voter at this point, this year, in this election as to which primary you wish to participate in," said Clark.

But with about a month left till the primary, voters we spoke to don't see one race that will draw them in to vote.

There's not one race out there that I'd say I'd run to the polls for, but I have been following it just a little bit," said Latonya Bragg, a voter.

"I don't really follow the primaries too hard," said voter, Andres Wallace. "I mean, I look at the candidate basically, look at the issues they stand for, where their stance is on an issue."

There are more contested races in the Democratic primary than in the Republican primary, according to Clark, and more local and county races that could be decided in the Democratic primary.

"The sheriff's race, the supervisor's race, the tax assessor's race, state representative, state senator, most of the time in the past those decisions are made in the Democratic primary," Clark said.

But the lieutenant governor's race should bring a boost to the Republican side as Charlie Ross and Phil Bryant fight for their party's nomination.

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