No matter the turnout, next Tuesday’s election has consequences

Published 1:30 pm Wednesday, March 4, 2020

The race for the White House every four years seems to suck the oxygen from just about every other race in the same election cycle.

The national media focuses on the two main parties, the jockeying back and forth for delegates and the state-by-state reporting.

Tuesday, or as we are contractually obligated to call it, Super Tuesday, saw the race for the Democratic nomination for President take a significant turn as former Vice President Joe Biden swept across the southern states holding primaries, including taking a majority of the delegates up for bid in Texas, Minnesota and Massachusetts.

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In the Alabama primary, Biden received more than 60 percent of the votes, crushing U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders who finished second. Similar results are expected next Tuesday, here in Mississippi, when voters head to the polls.

Biden is extremely strong in the southern states and is expected to press Sanders out of much hope for netting any delegates in states such as Mississippi, Georgia, Florida and the like.

The Democratic nomination race is not the only contest on Tuesday’s ballot.

Sitting Congressman Bennie Thompson has opposition for the Democratic nomination from Sonia Rathburn, while the candidates hoping to face the Democratic nominee in November include Thomas Carey, Brian Flowers and B.C. Hammond.

And, with the exception of Thompson, if that is the first time you’ve heard those names, you’re not alone.

Those candidates have done little to get their name, much less their positions, to the voting public in this congressional district, leaving Thompson well-positioned once again to easily win re-election.

Elections — every election — has consequences. In every race there are winners and losers and those results are decided by those who show up to vote and those who make a decision to stay home and not vote.

Party primary elections traditionally see low turnout, which is a shame.

Next Tuesday, it is our hope voters in Warren County, in this congressional district and this state, show up, vote and take part in the process that was so desperately installed for our benefit more than 240 years ago.