/Rep Omeria Scott endorses Howard Sherman over Baria in Senate runoff

Rep Omeria Scott endorses Howard Sherman over Baria in Senate runoff

Scott, a state representative for many years, came in third behind Sherman and David Baria (D-Bay St. Louis), when she made the announcement Friday afternoon. She urged her supporters to vote for Sherman in the runoff on June 26. Scott stated in a Sherman campaign release that “This is the time for unity.” I urge all my supporters and every Democrat to support Howard Sherman. His ideas for the state are bold, powerful, and I believe he is the right leader to defeat Roger Wicker. He also joins Mike Espy to bring about change in Washington. Scott continued his statement by saying that he was energized and ready “to fight alongside Howard and Sela as the run-off approaches and then to November.” This is a crucial moment in the history of our state. Howard Sherman has done so much for our state, our community. I also know the positive changes he will bring to our state as Senator.” Scott won 20 out of 82 counties in the state on Tuesday. Jones was her home county. The average percentage of total votes Sherman received in the winning counties was 22 percent. Baria was only 20 percent. Sherman, an entrepreneur and married to Sela Ward, could be the beneficiary of this endorsement. Precinct data suggests that Sherman performed well among African American voters, but Scott’s endorsement may have some weight within the black community. Baria, an experienced attorney, has previously received the endorsements of almost every member of Legislative Black Caucus. Scott was not publicly supported by any member of the black caucus when Scott was asked about his views before Tuesday’s primary. Sherman released a statement thanking Omeria Scott for her leadership and public service. I enjoyed working alongside her during the primary. She is a positive force and is always focused on issues and doing the best for the people.” Baria described Scott’s service in the House of Representatives as a privilege. “I respect her decision. “We hope she encourages Howard Sherman, so that the citizens can see the candidates and hear their views. This will allow them to make informed decisions,” Baria stated in a statement. In November, the incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Roger Wicker will be facing the winner of June 26’s primary. Contributing: Alex Rozier and Bobby Harrison