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Low turnout for party primaries

To no one’s surprise, low voter turnout indicated an expected lack of interest on the part of voters taking part in the March 12 Democrat and Republican primaries
Only 510 voters turned out in Walthall County to vote in the Democratic primary, not surprising since the party fielded only two candidates, Joe Biden for president and Ty Pinkins for U.S. senator. There was no Democratic house candidate qualified in the primary.
The Republican primary fared better in turnout. Donald Trump carried the county, just as he did statewide. Trump took 1242 of Walthall’s Republican votes of the 1296 Republicans casting ballots. The other two presidential contenders had already dropped out, after the ballots were printed, so they appeared on the ballot. Sen. Roger Wicker took most of the GOP vote in his Senate race, and Rep. Michael Guest was unopposed as his party’s nominee for U.S. house.
The total number of voters participating in the party primaries came to just over 1800. Since there are about 10,000 active voters registered in the county, the numbers indicate only about an 18% turnout.
The nominees for both parties will appear on the general election ballot in November.

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