By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Winners will emerge Tuesday from a pair of three-way races in the Republican primary, but only one has generated attention from Northeast Mississippi voters.
Both U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee, R-Miss., and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., drew Republican opponents in the primary. Nunnelee’s challengers have toured the region and actively campaigned for support. Wicker’s foes, however, remained low-key and either skipped this part of the state or made little mention of their campaign stops.
The Republican primary ballot gives voters three choices in each of those races. For the U.S. House from the 1st District: freshman incumbent Nunnelee; Southaven businessman Robert Estes; and Eupora attorney Henry Ross. For the U.S. Senate: first-term incumbent Roger Wicker; Stewart military veteran E. Allen Hathcock; and Robert Maloney of Madison.
The winners of both races will meet more competition in the November general election. The GOP congressional nominee faces Democrat Brad Morris and Libertarian Danny Bedwell. The GOP Senate pick will meet whoever emerges from the Democratic primary. On the ballot in that race Tuesday are Albert N. Gore Jr., Will Oatis and Roger Weiner.
Despite the buzz about those races – as well as the Republican presidential primary – voter turnout could be average to low.
Lee County Circuit Clerk Joyce Loftin reported an unusually small number of absentee ballots cast, which is usually an indicator of turnout on election day.