(WTVA) - Voters in Mississippi and Alabama will head to the polls Tuesday for primary elections, but the length of your ballot could be dramatically different depending on where you live and which political party you choose.
In Northeast Mississippi, many voters will only have the U.S. Senate race featuring Republican incumbent Roger Wicker of Tupelo. He is being challenged by fellow Republican Richard Boyanton from the Gulf Coast.
Six people are running in the Democratic primary, people who entered the race when state Senator Chris McDaniel was challenging Wicker in the GOP primary. McDaniel later jumped to the November special election for the other U.S. Senate seat once held by Thad Cochran.
Political analysts gave Democrats a better chance if McDaniel could advance to the general election, but with McDaniel switching races, Wicker is considered the overwhelming favorite.
The only other race in Northeast Mississippi will be for the U.S. House in the Third Congressional District, which includes Starkville, most of Oktibbeha County and all of Noxubee County.
Six Republicans are running for the seat, which is opening up with incumbent Gregg Harper deciding against seeking another two-year term. Two Democrats are also running in the primary for that seat.
Runoffs are likely in the U.S. Senate Democratic primary and the U.S. House Republican primary. Those runoffs, if necessary, will happen on June 26.
In Alabama, federal, state and county offices are up for grabs in party primaries.
The Democratic ballot in Lamar County only has races for governor, U.S. House, attorney general and secretary of state.
The GOP ballot is much longer with more state offices and races for county commission, sheriff, coroner and probate judge.
Winners of these primaries will advance to the November general election, and it is possible they could pick up some extra competition. Alabama allows independent candidates until 5 p.m. Tuesday to file to run.
Polls in both states will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday.
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