Party primaries set for Mississippi, Alabama on Tuesday

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.

Posted: Oct 23, 2018 9:50 AM

(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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Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 14372

Reported Deaths: 693
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds92024
Lauderdale69957
Madison68721
Scott62310
Neshoba56534
Jones52519
Forrest51137
DeSoto4936
Leake39512
Rankin3736
Holmes37324
Jackson30013
Copiah2854
Attala27715
Monroe25324
Leflore25030
Lincoln25022
Newton2504
Harrison2457
Lamar2275
Yazoo2233
Pearl River20731
Pike20211
Adams19015
Lowndes1828
Noxubee1696
Washington1636
Warren1587
Oktibbeha15010
Bolivar14911
Wayne1480
Jasper1483
Covington1411
Clarke13517
Smith13311
Kemper13110
Chickasaw12812
Lafayette1254
Lee1175
Carroll11410
Coahoma1133
Marion1129
Winston1051
Clay1043
Lawrence991
Simpson930
Hancock8711
Yalobusha855
Wilkinson859
Itawamba857
Grenada823
Montgomery811
Sunflower783
Union785
Marshall763
Jefferson Davis752
Tippah7111
Tate691
Panola643
Claiborne642
Calhoun614
Webster591
Amite561
Humphreys537
Tunica523
Walthall510
Perry492
Prentiss413
Jefferson400
Choctaw352
Stone300
Pontotoc283
Franklin272
Tishomingo260
Quitman250
Tallahatchie251
George201
Benton140
Alcorn141
Greene111
Sharkey70
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 16310

Reported Deaths: 590
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Mobile2085112
Jefferson167397
Montgomery144634
Marshall6609
Tuscaloosa63212
Lee52632
Franklin4986
Shelby47019
Tallapoosa41063
Butler39113
Chambers34024
Madison3154
Elmore3007
Baldwin2829
Walker2821
DeKalb2403
Etowah24011
Dallas2323
Coffee2191
Lowndes21610
Morgan2111
Sumter2106
Autauga1923
Houston1854
Bullock1763
Pike1730
Colbert1612
Calhoun1523
Marengo1506
Choctaw1487
Russell1480
Lauderdale1452
Hale1416
Wilcox1327
Barbour1301
Clarke1282
Randolph1247
Marion11711
St. Clair1081
Pickens964
Dale960
Talladega963
Chilton931
Greene914
Cullman880
Limestone860
Winston770
Covington751
Jackson742
Bibb711
Henry702
Macon672
Crenshaw662
Washington656
Blount531
Escambia483
Lawrence460
Geneva400
Perry360
Conecuh351
Coosa341
Monroe342
Cherokee332
Clay272
Lamar210
Cleburne131
Fayette130
Unassigned00
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