County votes in line with state; readies for runoff

The unofficial election results for senate and second congressional district for Bolivar County are in. For senate democrat, Howard Sherman had 435 votes; Omeria Scott 302; David Baria 268; Victor G. Maurice Jr. 64; Jensen Bohren 40; and Jerone Garlan 39. For senate republican Roger Wicker had 679 votes and R. Warren Boyanton had 48. Bennie G. Thompson ran unopposed for 2nd Congressional District and received 1,202 votes. “Gayle and I are grateful for the support of Mississippi Republican primary voters. It's an honor to serve our great state. We will continue working hard to earn support from every corner of Mississippi in the general election. We will keep talking to voters about what we've been able to accomplish and our plans for continuing to promote policies that will grow our economy, secure our borders, and keep Americans safe,” said Sen. Roger Wicker in a press release. There were no outstanding polling place votes and no absentee votes are included in the unofficial results. There are 32 outstanding absentee votes. There were 3,088 total votes cast in Bolivar County. The Bolivar County Election Commission will officially certify the 2018 Primaries Republican and Democratic on Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m. Because there are no pending Voter ID ballots, there will be no need to wait an additional 5 days. Also, the Run-Off of Special Election for House Seat 30 will also be officially certified as well due to the 5-day wait for Voter ID verification. Two Mississippi Democrats will contend in a June 26 runoff for the nomination for a U.S. Senate seat. Incumbent U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker defeated challenger Richard Boyanton in the Republican primary. State Rep David Baria and businessman Howard Sherman of Meridian moved to a runoff for the Democratic nomination. Also running in November are the Reform Party's Shawn O'Hara of Hattiesburg and Libertarian Danny Bedwell of Columbus. With the prospect of a "blue wave" in the November elections, Republicans and Democrats appeared to have escaped embarrassment Wednesday after primaries across eight states. President Donald Trump cast the night as a win for Republicans. "So much for the big Blue Wave, it may be a big Red Wave," he tweeted Wednesday morning, hailing what he called "the Trump impact." While some California contests remained too close to call, Republicans avoided disaster in the race for governor by nominating business executive John Cox to the November ballot. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newson, a Democrat, easily captured the top spot in Tuesday's unique top-two primary system while Cox finished second, putting to rest GOP fears that no Republican would qualify for the deeply Democratic state's top office. Democrats were fighting to avoid a similar potential calamity in California's many competitive House districts, considered critical in their quest seize control of Congress this fall. At least two of their best pickup opportunities in southern California may take days to be decided, but Democrats avoided being blocked from the ballot in the vast majority of the state's top battlegrounds. That remains to be seen, as voters in seven other states went to the polls. Neither party immediately appeared to suffer major setbacks. But Trump saw the night as a repudiation of "Fake News." "Many more Republican voters showed up yesterday than the Fake News thought possible," Trump tweeted. "The political pundits just don't get what is going on out there - or they do get it but refuse to report the facts! Remember, Dems are High Tax, High Crime, easy to beat!" Overall, it was a big night for women, as female candidates for governor advanced, including Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham in New Mexico and Republican Kristi Noem in South Dakota. Female Republican governors in Alabama and Iowa will vie for their first full terms after succeeding men who resigned. California's Sen. Dianne Feinstein also fared well, fending off challenges from the left. It was still unclear whether a Republican would earn enough votes to oppose her on California's November ballot. The governor's race was one of many drawing attention to California, a state not accustomed to being a national political battleground. But its handful of competitive House races — more than a half dozen Republican-held seats may be in playa — have made it hotly contested territory in the fight over control of the House, drawing big money and the spotlight on the biggest primary night of midterms. Democrats need to pick up 23 seats nationwide to retake the House. Much of Tuesday's drama focused on women, including former federal prosecutor and Navy pilot Mikie Sherrill, who bested a field of Democratic rivals to replace retiring New Jersey Republican Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen. The favorite of Washington Democrats will take on GOP Assemblyman Jay Webber in one of several New Jersey races Democrats view as possible pickups. In Alabama, four-term Republican Rep. Martha Roby was forced into a runoff election next month after failing to win 50 percent of her party's vote. She will face former Democratic Rep. Bobby Bright in Alabama's conservative 2nd district — where Trump loyalty has been a central issue. Roby was the first member of Congress to withdraw her endorsement of the Republican president in 2016 after he was caught on video bragging about grabbing women's genitals. In New Mexico, Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham won her party's nomination in the race to succeed outgoing Republican Gov. Susana Martinez. If Grisham wins, she'll be the state's second Latino state executive. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey fended off three GOP challengers, while South Dakota Rep. Kristi Noem became the first female nominee for governor in her state. In Iowa, 28-year-old Democratic state Rep. Abby Finkenauer was trying to become the youngest woman to serve in Congress. And in New Mexico, former state Democratic Party Chairwoman Debra Haaland, a tribal member of Laguna Pueblo, won her primary and could become the first Native American woman in Congress if she wins this fall. Haaland said in her primary victory statement: "Donald Trump and the billionaire class should consider this victory a warning shot: the blue wave is coming." Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker won his primary contest as did New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, a Democrat who faced federal bribery charges last year. The jury deadlocked, but Republicans hope to use Menendez's legal troubles to tar other Democrats like Sherrill across the state. Republican businessman Bob Hugin claimed the Republican nomination to face Menendez this fall. In California, national Democrats spent more than $7 million trying to curb and repair the damage inflicted by Democrats attacking each other in districts opened by retiring Republican Reps. Ed Royce and Darrell Issa, and the district where Republican Dana Rohrabacher is facing challenges from the left and the right. In two of the three Southern California districts, Democrats were coming in second place behind Republicans, but the races were too close to call early Wednesday, leaving Democrats at risk of being locked out. In another, Issa's district, Republican Diane Harkey was leading in early returns, as two Democrats vied for the second slot. Republican Rep. Mimi Walters easily advanced to the November election in her Orange County district that has been targeted by Democrats. The second spot remained up for grabs. And to the north, House intelligence committee chairman Devin Nunes, a Republican, qualified for the general election ballot as well. Nunes is a polarizing figure in national politics given his support for Trump in one of the many investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. A key Senate race took shape in the heart of Trump country as well. Montana Republicans were picking a candidate to take on Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, one of the most vulnerable senators in the nation. State Auditor Matt Rosendale won the GOP nomination.

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