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Hosemann: State no longer needs federal oversight of elections

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said yesterday that Mississippi’s first election requiring photo identification reinforces his belief that the state no longer needs federal oversight to handle elections and redistricting. The Republican released figures showing 513 Mississippians cast affidavit ballots June 3 because they lacked proper identification, with at least 177 returning […] [...]

Palazzo defeats Taylor in 4th Congressional District primary

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Steven Palazzo has won the Republican nomination in Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District. Palazzo, a 44-year-old two-term incumbent from Biloxi, defeated four challengers in the primary, including Gene Taylor, a Democrat-turned-Republican who served 22 year in Congress before Palazzo beat him in 2010. Palazzo won just more than 50 percent in the […] [...]

Black voters turn out to support Cochran in primary

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Black Mississippians who may usually vote Democratic are trying to swing a primary victory toward six-term incumbent Republican Sen. Thad Cochran by casting ballots in their state’s GOP primary. Their support in Tuesday’s election couldn’t get Cochran out of a June 24 runoff with tea party-backed state Sen. Chris McDaniel. But without […] [...]

Sticker shock? Each Cochran-McDaniel vote costs $40-plus

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The 2014 political spending spree continues, but it’s not exactly a bargain for investors. Mississippi’s Republican Senate primary between six-term incumbent Thad Cochran and challenger Chris McDaniel attracted massive sums of campaign cash that could come to more than $40 per vote amid low primary turnout in the relatively small state. That’s […] [...]

Cochran-McDaniel, Taylor-Palazzo races too close to call

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Locked in a race that won’t end, Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran and tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel pointed toward a possible June 24 run-off after battling to a near-draw yesterday in a primary that underscored Republican differences. Unofficial returns from 98 percent of the state’s precincts showed McDaniel with slightly over 49 […] [...]

Voter ID to make debut during primary elections

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state of Mississippi tomorrow will use its new voter ID law for the first time, culminating a long political fight in a state with a troubled past of voting-rights suppression. People will be required to show a driver’s license or other government-issued photo identification at the polls during the Republican and […] [...]

Cochran calls scheme to photograph ill wife ‘amateurish’

HATTIESBURG — Republican Sen. Thad Cochran said yesterday he thinks it’s “kind of amateurish” that supporters of his primary opponent, Chris McDaniel, photographed his ailing wife in a nursing home and used her image in a political video against him. The six-term Mississippi incumbent said the motivation behind the video is beyond his understanding, and […] [...]

Hood issues opinion on enforcement of voter ID

JACKSON — The Attorney General’s Office has issued an opinion to the Secretary of State’s Office regarding the enforcement of the voter ID requirement at the polls. State law says each person who votes at a polling place must identify himself or herself to an election manager by presenting current and valid photo ID before […] [...]

Yarber, Lumumba headed to runoff for Jackson mayor

JACKSON — City Council member Tony Yarber and Chokwe Antar Lumumba, son of the late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, will be in an April 22 runoff to see who will become Jackson’s next mayor. Complete, but unofficial, returns from yesterday’s election show only 10 votes separate the two. Affidavit and absentee ballots are still to be […] [...]

Report on election performance ranks state last — again

WASHINGTON — Mississippi remains on the bottom of yet another national ranking. Between 2008 and 2012, state election performance overall improved by 4.4 percentage points, according to The Pew Charitable Trusts’ latest Elections Performance Index. The expanded index makes it possible for all 50 states and the District of Columbia to measure how well they […] [...]

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