Runoff slated in Senate race; Lamar backs incumbentsBy BUSTER WOLFE,
With a dismal 16 percent of registered voters going to the polls Tuesday, Lamar County followed the state’s lead in supporting incumbents in the primary election.
However, local electors had different Democratic leaders in the U.S. Senate race to fill the seat vacated by the retiring Thad Cochran.
In complete but unofficial results, Omeria Scott of Laurel eked out a six-vote lead in the Senate Democratic race over David Baria of Bay St. Louis for a 262-256 margin.
In the statewide results, however, Baria and Sherman advanced to the June 26 Democratic runoff with unofficial vote totals of 27,087 for Sherman and 26,341 for Baria. Scott was third with 20,273.
Other Democrats in the Senate race in Lamar County were Jensen Bohren of Benton with three percent of the vote, Jerone Garland of Kosciusko with seven percent and Victor C. Maurice Jr. of Pass Christian with four percent.
In the Republican primary races, incumbent Sen. Roger Wicker and District 4 Rep. Steven Palazzo won handily in Lamar County and in the state. Wicker had 80 percent of the vote in the victory over Warren Boyanton, and Palazzo carried 79 percent of Lamar County over E. Brian Rose. Wicker won the statewide Republican primary with an 82.78 percent majority, while Palazzo pulled 70.52 percent.
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.