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WATER VALLEY – A runoff election is scheduled June 28 in the Republican Primary for the 2nd Congressional District. Republican candidates Brian Flowers and Ron Eller were the two top vote-getters in the June 7 Primary, but neither received a majority of the votes cast.
Flowers received 43 percent of the votes cast across the district that encompasses much of the Mississippi Delta including all of Yalobusha and 14 other counties and portions of several other counties. Eller trailed with 33 percent of the votes cast in the district. In Yalobusha County, Flowers also led the ticket with 247 votes. Michael Carson received 122 votes in the county, followed by Eller with 96 votes and Stanford Johnson with 18 votes.
The winner of the June 28 Republican Primary runoff will face Democratic incumbent Bennie Thompson in the November General Election. Thompson led the ticket in the Democratic Primary on June in Yalobusha County and across the district. In the county, Thompson received 692 votes and challenger Jerry Kerner received 55 votes. District wide, Thompson garnered 96 percent of the votes in the primary.
Thompson is consider the strong front-runner in the election. He joined the House of Representatives in April, 1993, after winning a special election for the 2nd Congressional set. He was elected to a full term in 1994 and has been reelected 14 times.
The deadline to cast an absentee ballot in the Republican runoff is Saturday, June 25 at noon in the circuit clerk’s offices in Water Valley and Coffeeville. The circuit clerk’s offices will also be open Saturday, June 18, from 8 a.m. until noon for absentee voting. Voters who cast a ballot in the Democratic Primary on June 7 are prohibited from crossing over and voting in the Republican Primary runoff. Voters who did not cast a vote in either primary on June 7 are allowed to vote in the runoff.