WASHINGTON – Consider it because the Mississippi Primaries: The Sequel. On Tuesday, voters within the Magnolia State will head again to the polls to resolve a handful of state legislative contests from the Aug. 8 primaries through which no candidate reached the vote majority wanted to advance to the November common election.

Six runoff primaries, three apiece for Republicans and Democrats, can be held in Home districts scattered all through the state, stretching from the northern border with Tennessee to the southern tip of the Gulf Coast.

In District 66, situated in closely Democratic Hinds County and together with elements of Southwest Jackson, two candidates are vying to exchange outgoing Rep. De’Keither Stamps, who’s working for the state Public Service Fee. Fabian Nelson, proprietor of a neighborhood actual property agency, faces Roshunda Harris-Allen, an alderwoman for the town of Byrum and a professor at Tougaloo Faculty’s Faculty of Schooling. Nelson, who would turn out to be the state’s first brazenly homosexual lawmaker if elected, led Harris-Allen within the Aug. 8 major, 43% to 31%.

In District 115, situated in Harrison County on the Gulf Coast and together with Biloxi, former police officer Zachary Grady and Biloxi Metropolis Councilmember Felix Gines compete to exchange retiring GOP Rep. Randall Patterson within the Republican runoff. Grady was the highest vote-getter within the major, receiving 47% of the vote to 38% for Gines. If elected, Gines, who switched events in December, would turn out to be considered one of solely two Black Republicans to serve within the Mississippi Home since Reconstruction. The opposite can be Rodney Corridor, a current aide to GOP Congressman Trent Kelly and former Military veteran who gained the Republican major in District 20 earlier this month and faces no opponent in November.

Extra Republican runoffs can be held in District 2 in northern Mississippi’s Alcorn County and District 105 in Perry, Greene and George counties east of Hattiesburg, whereas Democrats may even maintain runoffs in Districts 69 and 72 in Hinds and Madison counties in central Mississippi.

Management of the Mississippi Home shouldn’t be at stake in November, as Republicans maintain a stable majority within the chamber.

Right here’s a have a look at what to anticipate on election evening:


Polls shut statewide at 8 p.m. ET or 7 p.m. native time (CT).


The Related Press will declare winners in six major runoff elections in Mississippi: Republican contests in Districts 2, 105 and 115 and Democratic contests in Districts 66, 69 and 72. The winners will advance to the overall election on Nov. 7.


The runoff major is restricted solely to voters who forged ballots within the Aug. 8 major election in districts the place no candidate obtained a majority of the vote. Voters might take part solely with the identical get together as they did within the Aug. 8 major.


State legislative runoffs are usually comparatively low-turnout affairs through which a handful of votes may determine the election. This may increasingly gradual the race-calling course of in significantly shut contests the place only a few absentee or different untallied ballots may play a decisive function in figuring out the outcome.

The AP doesn’t make projections and can declare a winner solely when it’s decided there is no such thing as a situation that may permit the trailing candidate to shut the hole. If a race has not been known as, the AP will proceed to cowl any newsworthy developments, akin to candidate concessions or declarations of victory. In doing so, the AP will clarify that it has not but declared a winner and clarify why.

There aren’t any obligatory recounts in Mississippi.


As of July 28, there have been 1.9 million energetic voters registered in Mississippi. The state doesn’t register voters by get together.

Turnout within the Aug. 8 major for governor was about 18% of registered voters for Republicans and about 9% for Democrats. In 2019, turnout was 19% for Republicans and 15% for Democrats.

The variety of votes forged for runoffs tends to path that of the preliminary election. Within the Aug. 8 major, the six districts that had been compelled into runoffs posted vote totals of only a few thousand every, the most important being District 105 with about 6,400 votes forged and the smallest being District 115 with about 1,700 votes forged.

Comparatively few Mississippi voters forged ballots earlier than Election Day. The state doesn’t permit in-person early voting and permits absentee-by-mail voting solely for individuals who present a legitimate excuse. Within the 2018, 2020 and 2022 state primaries, solely about 4% voted by absentee poll. The state reported a complete of two,601 absentee ballots obtained throughout all runoff districts as of Tuesday, out of virtually 6,106 complete absentee ballots requested by voters. Absentee ballots have to be postmarked by the day of the runoff, Tuesday, and have to be obtained by Sept. 6.


Within the Aug. 8 major for governor, the AP first reported outcomes at 8:19 p.m. ET. The election evening tabulation ended shortly after 3:08 a.m. ET with 94% of the votes counted.


Observe the AP’s protection of the 2023 elections at https://apnews.com/hub/election-2023.

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