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Secretary of State-elect Michael Watson to name Keith Davis as Chief of Staff

Secretary of State-elect Michael Watson announced that he will be hiring Keith Davis as his Chief of Staff. Watson was elected in November with 59% of the vote to become Mississippi’s next Secretary of State. Keith Davis is currently serving as the Chief of Enforcement for the Department of Marine Resources (DMR), a position he has held since July, 2014. ...

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Watson: Mississippi should change multipart election system

Mississippi’s incoming secretary of state says he will work to change a Jim Crow-era election system that requires multiple steps for statewide races. “I’m definitely supportive of moving away from the current system,” Republican Michael Watson told the Clarion Ledger on Tuesday. Mississippi’s 1890 constitution requires a statewide candidate to win a majority of both the popular vote and the 122 state ...

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Analysis: Campaign ads bring cute kids and scary politicos

Mississippians could get a reprieve from political advertising now that the rush of the party primaries is over. Starting in about mid-October, though, people who are easily annoyed by political ads will have to keep their TV remotes handy. Voters on Nov. 5 will choose a governor, other statewide and regional officials, state lawmakers and county officials, including sheriffs. Commercial ...

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Analysis: Legislative candidates prep for August primaries

JACKSON — Mississippi politicians are gearing up for a busy summer campaign season. One legislative race worth watching is a Democratic primary that pits two incumbent state senators against each other up north. Another is a Gulf Coast Republican primary in which a senator with statewide ambitions is challenged by a former emergency director who handled local operations during Hurricane ...

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Analysis: Influence of Senate Conservative Coalition wanes

JACKSON — Nearly two years ago, the newly formed Mississippi Senate Conservative Coalition was preparing to make life uncomfortable for Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, a fellow Republican whom the coalition’s leaders viewed as too willing to work across party lines. Now, the coalition has mostly unraveled, and seven of its 11 original members have even endorsed Reeves for re-election. Some ...

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McDaniel's lawyers intend to file challenge of loss to Cochran

ELLISVILLE — Lawyers for tea party candidate Chris McDaniel said yesterday that they intend, in the next 10 days, to file a challenge of McDaniel’s loss to six-term Sen. Thad Cochran in the Mississippi Republican primary. Attorneys and advisers to McDaniel said they need more time to examine ballot boxes and poll books. They said they are seeking voting irregularities ...

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McDaniel turns to Supreme Court in bid to count votes

JACKSON — U.S. Senate challenger Chris McDaniel is taking his quest to view original voting records to the Mississippi Supreme Court. McDaniel asked yesterday for an emergency order forcing Harrison County Circuit Clerk Gayle Parker to let him see original copies of poll books. He’s trying to prove people who voted in the June 3 Democratic primary illegally voted in ...

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Miss. GOP to file Senate runoff certified results

JACKSON, Mississippi — The Mississippi Republican Party faces a Monday deadline to file certified results from the June 24 runoff in which six-term Sen. Thad Cochran defeated Chris McDaniel. Party spokesman Bobby Morgan said results will be filed with the secretary of state’s office by the 5 p.m. deadline. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the numbers would be publicly released Monday. ...

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McDaniel delivers challenge notice to Cochran's son

ELLISVILLE — The Republican who lost a primary runoff election to Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran is taking the first step to challenge the outcome. Chris McDaniel’s campaign said it believes it has found about 4,900 examples of improper voting in the June 24 runoff. Most were by people who apparently voted in the June 3 Democratic primary and the Republican ...

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