Santorum, Ross carry Webster

Santorum, Ross carry Webster By Russell Hood
The Webster Progress-Times

Webster County voters favored Rick Santorum in the March 13 primary election, giving the former Pennsylvania senator 36.5 percent of the vote in the Republican race for president.
About 31 percent of Webster County’s 7,553 registered voters cast ballots.
Complete but uncertified returns in Webster show Santorum, who narrowly won the overall Mississippi presidential primary, tallied 743 votes over former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who polled 648.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who leads the national delegate count, tallied 551, or 27 percent, and Texas congressman Ron Paul received 52 votes.
President Barack Obama was unopposed in the Democratic ballot for president.
1st District
First-term U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee of Tupelo defeated Eupora’s Henry Ross and Robert Estes of Southaven in the Republican congressional primary to secure his slot in the November general election.
Nunnelee carried the district with 57 percent of the vote while Ross, who also lost to him two years ago, received 29 percent.
Ross carried Webster County with 1,209 votes, or 60.5 percent, to Nunnelee’s 690, or 35 percent, and Estes’ 5 percent (99 votes).
TEA Party Oxford had endorsed Ross following a town hall meeting in Oxford on March 5. Ross, Estes and a representative for Nunnelee fielded questions from the audience about their positions on the issues during the meeting.
In a statement issued later, Kay Cobb, moderator for the event, said, “After considering the information provided by the candidates, and the record of our current congressman, we have concluded Henry Ross presents the most consistently and principled conservative ideals among these candidates.”
Ross, in a statement issued to Tupelo’s Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal on March 14, said, “I just hope enough real conservatives will be elected in the remaining Republican primaries around the country that the dramatic changes needed in government can actually be made. I don’t think there is much time left to get this done.”
In the general election, Nunnelee will face Democrat Brad Morris of Oxford, Constitution Party member Jim Bourland of Columbus, Libertarian Danny Bedwell of Columbus and Reform Party member Chris Potts. Morris was unopposed for the Democratic nomination.
Senate Race
Sen. Roger Wicker of Tupelo handily defeated two Republican primary opponents in his renomination bid with 89 percent of the statewide vote. Voters in Webster County also favored the incumbent, who tallied 1,803 votes here, or about 90 percent, over Allen Hathcock of Stewart with 123 votes and Robert Maloney of Madison with 77.
Wicker will face Democratic primary winner Albert N. Gore Jr. of Starkville in November. The Webster County native received 180 votes here, or 71 percent, while Dr. Roger Wiener of Clarksdale garnered 43, or 17 percent, and Will Oatis of Silver Creek had 27, or about 11 percent.
An official recapitulation of county election results by precinct was unavailable as of publication.