Candidates hoping for a better than normal off-year turnout aren't getting their wish, at least in East Jackson County, despite beautiful weather and a race for control of the U.S. Senate.
And, Amanda Capers, who was chairwoman of Chris McDaniel's Jackson County campaign, says voters were turned off by the bitter Republican primary elections in June.
"I feel that is a direct reflection of Thad Cochran's tactics in the primary election," she said. Cochran came in second to McDaniel in the primary but won the runoff after an appeal to black voters. McDaniel challenged the election but a lower court and the state Supreme Court both said he missed the deadline for filing it so the merits of that case were never heard.
"Mississippians do not feel like their votes count," Capers said.
The turnout in the county so far is "sad," according to Capers.
"East Central was pitiful," she said. "Typically all the teachers, medical center workers and others are i at the 7 a.m. rush to vote and there are lines and waiting. This morning, no lines and no wait. Even in Pascagoula, voting is very light."
Cochran faces Democrat Travis Childers and Reform Party candidate Shawn O'Hara. Voters also will pick a U.S. representative, judges, school board members and, in Waveland, city officials. Polls close at 7 p.m.
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