/Former Congressman Childers Key to runoff success is identifying voters, begging

Former Congressman Childers Key to runoff success is identifying voters, begging

Childers, a northeast Mississippi Democrat, was elected to four local elections in less than two months in 2008. Childers led the ticket in March’s Democratic primary for the 1st Congressional District. However, he did not win the majority required to avoid the runoff – leading to a runoff three months later. Childers won the most votes in a special congressional election held on April 22 to end the term of Roger Wicker, who was then appointed to a vacant U.S. Senate spot. Haley Barbour. Childers did not win a majority vote in the special election. This forced a runoff. Childers said, “I was just 410 votes shy of avoiding a ranoff” in one election. Childers won all four elections and the November general election, which allowed him to complete Wicker’s final seven months and then serve the full two-year term. Tuesday’s election saw the Democrats David Baria (a Bay St. Louis state House representative) and Howard Sherman (a Meridian entrepreneur), advance to a June 26 race for the U.S. Senate spot. Wicker will be the winner in November. The Republican Michael Guest, district attorney in Rankin and Madison Counties, and Whit Hughes, Madison, a former president of the hospital foundation and economic developer, won a runoff to win the 3rd District U. S. House Seat being vacated from Gregg Harper. Guest was the winner with 44.8 percent, Hughes had 22.3 percent. In November, Guest-Hughes’ winner will face Democrat Michael Evans (a Preston state House member). Childers stated that the key to winning the second round is to convince those who voted in your favor in the first election to vote again for you in the second. He also said that candidates won’t attract too many new voters for the runoff. Childers stated that there is not enough time to recruit new people. “You can try, but you don’t have the time to recruit new voters.” Childers stated that candidates are able to get a good idea of who voted for them via social media and other methods. He said that every county has a list of voters. I know that each candidate in the runoff has someone going through these lists to find out who voted. They are likely to vote again if they voted in their first primary. They must be asked questions.” Most cases show a decline in voter participation between the first primary and the runoff. This means there will be a lot of effort to get voters back to the polls. In 2006’s Senate Democratic primary, 104,804 voters voted. This is a midterm election, where turnoff is lower than in presidential elections. The turnout fell to 29,967 in the runoff. This is because Mississippi’s vote count often exceeds 1 million in presidential election years. 85,866 voters voted in the Democratic Senate Democratic Primary 2014, where Childers won without a runoff. This is comparable to Tuesday’s Democratic primary turnout. Unofficial results show that Sherman narrowly edged out Baria by 31.9 percent to 31 per cent. The 2014 Republican primary for U.S. Senate saw Thad Cochran, then-incumbent, face a challenging challenge from Chris McDaniel (of Ellisville), one of few occasions where turnout increased from the first election through the runoff. McDaniel was the leader of the ticket in the first primary but only narrowly missed winning a majority vote. Cochran’s supporters won the second primary by increasing the vote total by an astonishing 62,326 votes, to 382,221._x000D