- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 26, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The latest on Mississippi primary runoff elections (all times local):

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11:03 p.m.

Party primary runoffs were too close to call in three Mississippi legislative races because of uncounted absentee or affidavit votes.

One was in House District 24 in part of DeSoto County, where Jeff Hale and Rob Goudy were in a Republican runoff. The winner will be unopposed in November. This is a new district created because of growth in DeSoto County.

Another close race was in House District 30 in parts of Bolivar, Quitman, Sunflower and Tallahatchie counties. Democratic state Rep. Robert Huddleston was competing with Lester Williams. The winner will be unopposed in November.

The other close race was in House District 42 in parts of Lowndes, Noxubee and Winston counties. Carl Mickens and Eugene Crosby were in a Democratic runoff. The winner will face independent Dorothy Baker Hines.

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10:50 p.m.

Kathy Sykes has won the Democratic nomination in House District 70 in part of Hinds County.

Sykes defeated Samuel Begley in a runoff Tuesday and will face Republican James “Pete” Perry in the general election.

The current District 70 representative, Democrat Jim Evans of Jackson, did not seek re-election.

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10:30 p.m.

Tammy Witherspoon has won the Democratic nomination in Senate District 38 in parts of Adams, Amite, Pike, Walthall and Wilkinson counties.

She defeated Angela Brooks and will face Republican Dennis C. Quinn in the general election.

The current District 38 senator, Democrat Kelvin Butler of McComb, did not seek re-election.

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10:18 p.m.

Karl Oliver has won the Republican primary runoff in House District 46 in parts of Carroll, Grenada, Leflore, Montgomery and Webster counties.

Oliver defeated Shed Hunger on Tuesday and will face Democrat Ken Strachan in the general election.

Republican Rep. Bobby Howell of Kilmichael has held the seat since 1992 but did not run this year.

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9:35 p.m.

Jenifer Branning has won the Senate District 18 seat in parts of Leake, Neshoba and Winston counties.

She defeated Mark Forsman in Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff. Branning will be unopposed in November and will begin a four-year term in January.

The current District 18 senator, Republican Giles Ward of Louisville, did not seek re-election. Ward is currently the Senate president pro tempore, and presides over the Senate when Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is not available. All 52 senators choose the pro tem.

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9:30 p.m.

Chris Johnson has won the Republican nomination in House District 87 in parts of Forrest and Lamar counties.

Johnson defeated Michael Davis in Tuesday’s primary runoff, and will face independent Paul B. Johnson IV in the general election.

This is a new district created because of growth. The previous District 87 included different counties and it was reconfigured during redistricting.

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9:19 p.m.

Kenneth Walker has won the Democratic nomination in House District 27, in parts of Attala, Leake, Madison and Yazoo counties.

He defeated Leroy Lacy in Tuesday’s primary runoff and will face Republican Ricky Dewayne Gill in November.

The current District 27 representative, Democrat Ferr Smith of Carthage, did not seek re-election.

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9:03 p.m.

Joseph Seymour defeated Mike Tyson in a Republican primary runoff in Senate District 47 in parts of Jackson, Pearl River and Stone counties.

Seymour will face Democrat Jimmy “Bo” Alawine in the general election. The current District 47 senator, Republican Tony Smith of Picayune, served one term and ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the Mississippi Public Service Commission.

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8:57 p.m.

Democratic Rep. Karl Gibbs of West Point has been re-elected to the Mississippi House. He defeated Jimmy Davidson in a runoff Tuesday in House District 36 in parts of Clay and Monroe counties.

Gibbs will be unopposed in November and will begin a four-year term in January. He was elected in 2013 to succeed his father, the late Rep. David Gibbs.

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8:50 p.m.

Juan Barnett has won a Mississippi Senate seat in parts of Forrest, Jasper and Jones counties.

Barnett defeated Trey Chinn in a Democratic primary Tuesday. Barnett will be unopposed in November and will begin a four-year term in January.

The current District 34 senator, Democrat Haskins Montgomery of Bay Springs, did not seek re-election.

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8:38 p.m.

Longtime Rep. Mary Coleman has won the Democratic nomination for the Central District seat on the Mississippi Transportation Commission.

Coleman defeated businessman Robert Amos in Tuesday’s party primary runoff. Both candidates are from Jackson.

Coleman will face Republican incumbent Dick Hall of Brandon in the Nov. 3 general election.

Hall is a former state senator who has served on the three-member Transportation Commission since 1999.

Coleman has been in the state House since 1994.

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8:27 p.m.

Business investor Sam Britton has won the Republican nomination for the Southern District seat on the Mississippi Public Service Commission.

Britton, of Laurel, defeated state Sen. Tony Smith of Picayune in Tuesday’s party primary runoff.

Britton will face Democrat Tom Blanton and Reform Party candidate Lonny Keith Spence, both of Hattiesburg, in the Nov. 3 general election.

The Public Service Commission regulates utilities.

The current Southern District commissioner, Steve Renfroe, did not run this year. Renfroe does not publicly identify with a political party.

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4:30 p.m.

Voter turnout is light in some parts of Mississippi for party primary runoffs, with people choosing nominees for two state commissions, 12 legislative seats and several county offices around the state.

Grace Wallace, office manager for the Hinds County election commission, describes election day as “very, very, very slow.” Hinds is part of the state’s Central District, which has a Democratic runoff for transportation commissioner.

Turnout was heavier in places with local races, such as coastal Harrison County, where a Republican runoff will determine who will be sheriff the next four years. Becky Payne, a Harrison County election commissioner, says she is “pleasantly surprised” at a relatively strong turnout in many parts of the county.

In the Delta’s Bolivar County, Circuit Clerk Marilyn Kelly says turnout was sparse for a Democratic runoff for sheriff, a supervisor’s seat and a legislative seat.


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