By David Howell
WATER VALLEY – Republican Donald Trump carried Yalobusha County, receiving 55 percent of the 6,000-plus votes in the county in heavy turnout. Trump polled 3,376 votes over Democrat Hillary Clinton’s 2,582 votes in last Tuesday’s contest. Libertarian Gary Johnson received 70 votes. The remaining four candidates split 49 votes, according to the unofficial vote tally.
There were only two contested local races on the ballot, the race for the District 5 position in the Coffeeville School District between incumbent Todd Hughes and Mitchell Steen. Hughes had a six vote lead, 247 – 241, but an election redo has been scheduled in the runoff election on Nov. 29 (see related story on Page 1).
Eddie Harris won the contested seat for District 4 Election Commissioner, outpolling Patsy Stewart 880 votes to 313 votes.
Democratic Congress-man Bennie Thompson narrowly carried the county with 2,925 votes. Republican John Bouie II received 2,791. Reform Party candidate Johnny McLeod received 94 votes; independent Tony Ray 140.
In the race for Supreme Court Justice from the North District, Position 1, Yalobusha voters favored John Brady with 2,136 votes, followed by Bobby Chamberlin with 1,959 votes; James T. “Jim” Kitchens Jr. with 918 and Steve Crampton with 538. Brady and Chamberlin will face off in a runoff in this 33-county district on Nov. 29.