By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal
Tuesday’s low voter turnout dismayed DeSoto County’s Don Daniels, one of the region’s Tea Party organizers, but he’s optimistic Republican nominee Alan Nunnelee will win the 1st Congressional District seat in November.
“We’re going to redouble our efforts,” Daniels said Wednesday about his conservative political organization. “It’s not the American thing to do to sit at home on election day.”
Turnout for the GOP primary was 38,435 or about 6,000 votes below the Republican vote for Congress two years ago and nearly 105,000 below the overall 2008 primary day vote, which included a competitive Democratic race and presidential primaries.
There was no Democratic primary this year and the U.S. House race was the only contest on the Republican ballot.
Nunnelee, a state senator from Tupelo, avoided a runoff with 745 votes more than he needed to win the nomination over Henry Ross, a former Eupora mayor, and Angela McGlowan of Oxford, a former Fox News analyst.
Nunnelee’s win earns him the right to face incumbent Democrat U.S. Rep. Travis Childers of Booneville and seven other candidates on the Nov. 2 general election ballot.
But by mid-afternoon Wednesday, Ross still wasn’t ready to concede that he’d lost.
“We’re still looking at the results,” he said. “It’s close enough that we need to look at it all.”
Mathematically, Ross would need to make up at least the 745 votes to claim Nunnelee did not gain enough to win the race outright.
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Read more in Thursday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.