Mississippi primary is Tuesday

Published 2:57 pm Monday, March 11, 2024

The Mississippi primary election will arrive Tuesday, bringing with it a chance for voters to help decide who will make it to the ballots in November’s general election for offices of President of the United States, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives 2nd Congressional District.

Mississippi’s ballots for Warren County include: Democratic ticket for U.S. President: Joseph R. Biden Jr.; U.S. Senate: Ty Pinkins; 2nd Congressional District: Bennie G. Thompson.

On the Republican ticket, candidates include: U.S. President: Ron DeSantis, Nikki R. Haley, Vivek Ramaswamy, Donald J. Trump; U.S. Senate: Ghannon Burton, Dan Eubanks, Roger F. Wicker; 2nd Congressional District: Ron Eller, Andrew Scott Smith, Taylor Turcotte.

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All races include a write-in option and voters may choose only one candidate per office. Additionally, state election officials noted candidates who have dropped out of races may still appear on Tuesday’s ballot, including Republican candidates for president DeSantis, Ramaswamy, and Haley, all of whom have dropped out, leaving former president Trump as the only Republican presidential candidate.

Warren County Election Commission Chairman and District 4 Commissioner Sara Carlson Dionne said voters should not skip Tuesday’s primary under the assumption races are already decided following Super Tuesday’s results last week.

“March 12 is the presidential primary election; it’s the primary for lots of things,” Dionne said. “There will also be on that ballot the primary for U.S. Senate seat and Congressional House seat District 2. And being a primary in Mississippi, you don’t register by party, but when you go and vote in a primary, you say what ballot you want.”

Dionne said there are caveats to the election process voters should remember.

“The only catch to it is, if we have a runoff, it’s illegal to do what is called a crossover, so if on the primary, you vote Democrat, then you decide you want to come to the Republican runoff, that’s illegal.”

A runoff in any race would send Mississippi voters back to the polls Tuesday, April 2.

For more information on Tuesday’s primary, including registration information and a list of polling precincts, visit https://co.warren.ms.us/election-commission/.