Michael Watson touring the state

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Secretary of State Michael Watson is just beginning a tour of all 82 counties in Mississippi to meet with local election officials, to form friendships and working relationships. Watson says it's a grassroots effort that puts him in direct contact with those that run local and state elections.

"We want to make sure they understood is that we are here to listen," said Watson. "The things that they see on the ground every day is important to the Secretary of State's office if you have those relationships and if those relationships are built on trust, you can get the answers a lot more quickly."

Watson, a Republican, defeated Democrat Johnny DuPree in last November's general election to replace Delbert Hosemann.