Primary Election ResultsBy JENNIFER BOZEMAN PUBLISHER,
The Primary Election held August 6 brought about a change in one office. Troy Smith, current Clarke County Supervisor, beat Incumbent William Shirley in the race for House District 84. Smith had 72.95% of the votes statewide to Shirley’s 27.05%. Smith will face Independent Coley Roy May in November.
Lauderdale County candidate Jeff Tate beat out Clarke County candidate Erle “Bubby” Johnston in the State Senate District 33 race with 83.90% of the statewide vote compared to Johnston’s 16.10% of the vote. Tate is the winner of the seat with no opponent in November.
There will be two runoffs on August 27 statewide, Governor – Republican, and Attorney General – Republican.
For Governor - Republican, Tate Reeves received 48.91% of the vote and Bill Waller 33.33%.
For Attorney General – Republican, Lynn Fitch received 44.28% of the vote and Andy Taggart 28.58%.
If there are more than two candidate in a race, one must win 50% plus one of the votes to win the Primary Election. Otherwise, a runoff has to be held before proceeding to the General Election in November. If a person voted in the Primary and choses to vote in the Primary runoff, he/she MUST vote the same party in the runoff.
Only 21.45% of registered voters in Clarke County voted.
Other Clarke County totals include:
CIRCUIT CLERK - DEMOCRAT
Yvette Bartee 65.70% - WINNER
Davis E. Tim Douglas 15.25%
Qiandra Tuffy Smith 6.77%
Thyra Sumlin 11.90%
TAX ASSESSOR – DEMOCRAT
Andrea Monique Davis 63.22% - WINNER
Sherrie D. Gamblin – 36.65%
SUPERVISOR DISTRICT 2 – DEMOCRAT
Lorenzo Carter 67.71% - WINNER
Tracy McCarty 32.29%
SHERIFF – REPUBLICAN
Jerry Whigham 42.06%
Karey Williams 49.87% - WINNER
SUPERVISOR DISTRICT 3 – REPUBLICAN
Greg Mangum 29.03%
Joel Speed 69.65% - WINNER
Other statewide results can be viewed at: https://elections.ap.org/msjad/election_results/2019-08-06/state/MS
If a candidate is not listed above, he/she was unopposed and automatically won their race. A full list of Clarke County results can be viewed on The Tribune Facebook Page.