Candidate questions Senate 8 Dem results

By NEMS Daily Journal

OKOLONA – Senate District 8 hopeful Marshall Coleman wants another look at the Aug. 2 Democratic primary ballot boxes.
Coleman announced in a news release Sunday that he was asked by letter to review “some potential voting irregularities” in the contest to succeed longtime Sen. Jack Gordon, who died a few months ago.
District 8 covers all of Chickasaw and parts of Lee, Calhoun and Grenada counties.
News reports gave the primary win to Houston farmer Russell Jolly, who received 6,044 or 51 percent of last Tuesday’s tally. Coleman had 3,251 or 27 percent, followed by Sherman Carouthers with 2,650 or 22 percent.
Coleman, a Calhoun City businessman and alderman, said the results “did not depict a clear and concise winner,” and “did not dispel definitively that District 8 would not have a runoff.”
To avoid a runoff, one candidate must receive 50 percent plus one of the vote total.
“The campaign is not alleging at this point any intentional wrongdoing by any individual or entity at this time,” Coleman said. But he said he wants to ensure that all laws and processes “were adhered to.”
His son, Kegan Coleman, said the campaign expects to examine the Chickasaw boxes on Wednesday or Thursday. He said they need 44 more votes their way to change the outcome for a runoff.
Monday, Jolly said he has “complete confidence” the election was handled properly and he will continue to campaign for the Nov. 8 general election.
Republican Patsy Gregory of Okolona is that party’s nominee.
All the primary votes are certified, which means the party’s county executive committee officially recognizes the results.
Mississippi does not have a recount law, but a dissatisfied candidate can ask the chancery court to consider the results or call a new election.


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