WATER VALLEY – Yalobusha County voters are headed back to the polls yet again to decide who will represent the First Congressional District for the next seven months.
Democrat Travis Childers and Republican Greg Davis will face each other in a runoff May 13 since no one got 50 percent of the vote in the April 22 special election.
Childers led with 49.41 percent of the vote while Davis took 46.32 percent. The remaining vote was split between Glen McCullough, Steve Holland, Wally Pang and John Wages.
In Yalobusha County, Davis led with 514 votes while Childers got 493 of the 1,077 votes cast. The other candidates split the remaining 70 votes.
Circuit Clerk Daryl Burney said that 11.7 percent of the registered voters in Yalobusha County turned out.
“We need to do better than that,” he said. “I want to encourage everyone to vote because this is a very important position.”
Burney added that his office would be open until noon the next two Saturdays for absentee voting.
Although the turnout for this special election was light, Burney expects a “barn busting” November general election. “Probably the largest turnout we’ll ever have,” he added.