Espy, McCarty prevail among Adams County voters Tuesday

Published 12:40 am Wednesday, November 28, 2018


NATCHEZ — A good turnout of Adams County voters Tuesday showed support for Democrat Mike Espy for the U.S. Senate seat and also for David McCarty in the District 4 Position 2 Court of Appeals Judge seat.

Statewide, however, voters chose the opposing candidates.

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The runoff election for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran and the District 4, Position 2 Court of Appeals Judge position were held after the Nov. 6 general election did not produced a clear winner.

Approximately 9,924 of the county’s 19,032 registered voters cast votes Tuesday. Espy had 6,033 votes to be a 60.90 percent favorite in Adams County. His opponent, Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith, had 3,864 votes for 39.00 percent of the Adams County vote.

Hyde-Smith, however, prevailed in overall state vote and will fill the last two years of the unexpired term of Cochran who retired for health reasons in March.

In the Court of Appeals race, McCarty was the Adams County favorite with 6,065 votes and a 69.59 percent advantage. His opponent, Jeff Weill, received 2,625 votes for 30.12 percent of the votes.

McCarty prevailed statewide to win the seat.

Adams County Election Committee Chair Larry Gardner said Adams County had a good turnout with 52.14 percent of the county’s registered voters casting their ballots.

Gardner said fewer problems were reported Tuesday than were reported in the Nov. 6 election. However, Gardner said a few glitches occurred, including cards giving “card upside down” errors to voters. Gardner said it was the result of dirty cards, which he said would be sent to Jackson for corrections.