UPDATE: Turnout by noon today in Tupelo higher than May primary election

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By Robbie Ward/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Voter turnout by noon today in Tupelo for the general election has equaled total votes from the primary election in May, said City Clerk Kim Hanna.

The only contested election on the ballot, Republican Fred Pitts and Democrat Jason Shelton faceoff in the mayor’s race. Both candidates have intensified efforts in final weeks of the election to woo voters to their side.

Today, Pitts and Shelton have both campaigned throughout the city to make last-minute impressions on potential voters.

With the May 7 primary having about 3,800 voters, Hanna said today’s city election equaled that total by midday. However, not all precincts have the same amount of turnout.

The city’s majority black wards, seven and four, have lagged compared to the other five wards in the city. For Democrat Shelton, having significant support in black wards likely remains critical to winning.

Supporters of both Pitts and Shelton have campaigned at intersections throughout the city holding political signs supporting their candidates. While politicking on the day of an election is common, wearing campaign material into voting precincts isn’t allowed.

“We’ve had a lot of people pushing the limit with campaign material in voting areas,” Hanna said. “People with both campaigns.”

Voting continues through 7 p.m.