- Associated Press - Saturday, June 21, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Here’s a glance at absentee voting levels in some Mississippi counties that are important to the Republican primary runoff for U.S. Senate, according to elections officials surveyed Saturday by The Associated Press:

- DeSoto County, just south of Memphis, Tennessee, is Mississippi’s fastest growing and among the most Republican-dominated counties. Circuit Clerk Dale Thompson said she expects at least 700 absentee ballots to be filed. That’s up from slightly more than 400 absentee ballots that were cast for Republicans and Democrats, combined, before the June 3 primaries.

- Harrison County issued more than 850 absentee ballots for the runoff, said Connie Ladner, deputy circuit clerk. That compares to about 1,100 before the first primary, which also included a high-profile U.S. House primary.

- Hinds County has two courthouses. The one in Jackson has issued roughly 300 to 350 absentee ballots for the runoff, said Loretta Wells, deputy circuit clerk. A call to the Raymond courthouse was not answered shortly after noon Saturday. Wells said about 730 absentee ballots were issued for the entire county for the June 3 primaries, a figure that includes Republican and Democratic voters.

- Jackson County issued more absentee ballots for the runoff than for the June 3 primaries, said Jackie Fortner, chief deputy circuit clerk. She said 518 had been issued for the runoff; a number for the primary was not immediately available Saturday.

- Jones County, the home of challenger Chris McDaniel, issued about 850 absentee ballots for the GOP Senate runoff, said deputy circuit clerks in the county’s courthouses in Ellisville and Laurel. That’s up from roughly 660 for both parties’ June 3 primaries.

- Lafayette County, the home of incumbent Thad Cochran, issued more than 500 absentee ballots for the runoff, said Circuit Clerk Baretta Mosely. That’s up from 354 for Democrats and Republicans combined before the June 3 primaries.

- Lee County absentee voting is “a lot heavier than it was in the first primary,” said Carol Horton, deputy circuit clerk. She said about 570 absentee ballots had been issued for the runoff. A number for the first primary was not immediately available Saturday.

- Madison County issued about 1,000 absentee ballots for the runoff, compared to about 300 for the primary, said Circuit Clerk Lee Westbrook.

- Rankin County issued more than 1,000 absentee ballots for the runoff, compared to a little over 700 for the primary, said Becky Pouncey, deputy circuit clerk.

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