Runoff slated in Senate Race, Forrest backs incumbents

By HASKEL BURNS,

Less than 14 percent of registered voters in Forrest County showed up to the polls for Tuesday’s primary election, but voted along with the rest of the state to send two incumbent Republicans to the House and Senate general election in November.

In complete but unofficial Forrest County voting, Sen. Roger Wicker handily beat challenger Warren Boyanton 3,158 votes to 866, while District 4 Rep. Steven Palazzo pulled in 3,000 votes to E. Brian Rose’s 1,039.

Wicker won the statewide Republican primary with an 82.78 per majority, while Palazzo pulled 70.52 percent.

In the Senate Democratic race, Omeria Scott of Laurel led with 817 votes, followed by David Baria of Bay St. Louis with 498 votes and Howard Sherman of Meridian with 474 votes.

In the statewide results, however, Baria and Sherman advanced to the June 26 Democratic runoff with unofficial vote totals of 27,807 for Sherman and 26,341 for Baria. Scott was third with 20,273 votes.

Other Democrats in the Senate race in Forrest County were Jensen Bohren of Benton with 70 votes, Jerone Garland of Kosciusko with 89 votes and Victor G. Maurice Jr. of Pass Christian with 81 votes.

Wicker faces the winner of the runoff between Baria and Sherman in the Nov. 6 General Election. Palazzo has Democrat Jeramey Anderson – who was unopposed in the primary – in the general election for the District 4 seat.