Election update: Senate 8 candidate Coleman questions Dem run-off results

By Patsy R. Brumfield/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’s asked by letter to review “some potential voting irregularities” in the contest to succeed longtime Sen. Jack Gordon, who died a few months ago.

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 says that 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’s release said. But he said he wants to ensure that all laws and processes “were adhered to.”

His campaign expects to examine the vote boxes on Wednesday or Thursday.

All the primary votes are not yet 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.

The Democratic winner will face Republican Patsy Gregory in the Nov. 8 general election.

District 8 covers all of Chickasaw and portions of Lee, Calhoun and Grenada counties.