From Staff Reports
Although U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran won last week’s Republican primary runoff, challenger Chris McDaniel carried Webster County by a 53-vote margin.
Unofficial statewide returns from June 24 showed Cochran received 51 percent, topping McDaniel by nearly 6,800 votes.
However, McDaniel polled 925 votes in Webster County, or 51.5 percent, while Cochran tallied 872 votes, or 48.5 percent in complete but uncertified returns, which include affidavits.
The secretary of state’s office said that, according to the Statewide Election Management System, 106 absentee ballots had been requested as of June 23 in Webster County. Absentee ballot totals are entered into SEMS by circuit clerks in each county.
McDaniel a state senator from Ellisville, carried every county precinct except Bellefontaine, Cadaretta, Eupora No. 1, Eupora No. 2, Eupora No. 3 and Mantee. Both candidates received 52 votes each in Clarkson.
Cochran narrowly carried Webster County in the first primary with 51 percent of the vote. He will face Democratic nominee Travis Childers and Shaw O’Hara of the Reform Party in the general election on Nov. 4.
Of the county’s 7,441 registered voters, 24.1 percent cast ballots on June 24. That number is down 1 percent from the June 3 primary.
Buchanan Meek Jr., attorney for the Board of Supervisors, told the board Monday that the tabulation of returns went smoothly election night at the Doss Building, which is the central receiving and returning place for ballots.