Democrats see lower turn-out
By Geoff Belcher
Jun 4, 2014, 00:56
There was both good and bad news for the Democratic party in Tuesday's primary elections. The bad news was that there was significantly lower turn-out for Democrats than for Republican. The good news is that there were some clear winners.
All across South Mississippi, many traditionally Democratic voters apparently cast their ballots in the hotly-contested Republican primaries for Thad Cochran's U.S. Senate seat and Steven Palazzo's Fourth District U.S. congress seat.
Democratic poll workers for the Kiln West precinct said Tuesday that more than 200 people had voted in the Republican primary there, but only 16 had voted for Democrats.
"We expected (the low turn-out)," Matt Moore, a Biloxi native and the Democratic nominee for the Fourth District U.S. Congressional seat, said Tuesday after defeating opponent Trish Causey.
"There was a lot of cross-over voting going on. Unfortunately, the people of South Mississippi have been subjected to such harsh representation, fear has trumped hope. ... I understand where they're coming from and I respect their choices, but I am a Democrat. I believe in voting for the candidate you feel will best represent the people, regardless of party."
In Hancock County, with all 25 precincts reporting, Moore earned 205 votes to Causey's 168. Across the entire Fourth District, Moore earned 6,024 votes – or 55 percent of the ballots cast – to Causey's 4,848, representing 45 percent of ballots.
Travis Childers, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate post currently held by Sen. Thad Cochran, won his party's nomination by a wide margin Tuesday, earning an unofficial 74 percent of the ballots cast against challengers Bill Marcy, William Compton and Jonathan Rawl.
Childers is the former U.S. representative from Mississippi's First Congressional District.
In Hancock County, Childers earned 233 votes; Compton, 69; Marcy, 44; Rawl, 33; and there were three write-in votes.
District-wide, Childers earned 60,053 votes; Marcy, 9,672; Compton, 7,802; and Rawl, 3,277.