It was a better election turn-out than some had expected.
Of the 16,263 people registered to vote in Union County 7,369 — 45 percent — voted in the general election Tuesday. Not a great turnout, but better than expected given that there were no really exciting state-wide races on the ballot.
Only the office of attorney-general was an interesting contest. Three-term Democrat Jim Hood was challenged by a well-financed young Republican named Mike Hurst. With 80 percent of the state-wide vote counted, Hood had 56 percent of the vote with 44 percent for Hurst and had been declared the winner by statewide news sources.
It was closer in Union County. Hood had 3,640 votes –50.63 percent — to 49.35 percent for Hurst. The Union County Republicans had made an exceptionally strong effort this year, and there were more Democrat vs. Republican races on the local ballot than since Reconstruction in the 1870s.
With all the votes counted except 400 absentee ballots, incumbent Union County Chancery Clerk Annette Hickey remained the only Republican Union County office holder. Hickey took 85 percent of the vote, easily defeating Democrat Andrea Herring.
Incumbent Sheriff Jimmy Edwards won 77 percent of the vote, easily defeating a Republican.
Incumbent Democrat Union County Superintendent of Schools, Ken Basil, took 62 percent of the vote, which really made little difference. Basil’s Republican opponent Roger Browning had been disqualified by a decision of the Mississippi Supreme Court, because he did not live in the school district and was not, by-law, qualified to serve. The court’s decision came too late to remove Browning’s name from the ballot, so none of the ballots cast for him counted. Democrat Circuit Clerk, Democrat Phyllis Stanford and Democrat Tax Assessor/Collector Randy Dunham had no Republican opponents.
However, the large courtroom on the second floor of the Union County Courthouse was nearly full, so the Republicans can be credited for making the election more interesting.
In the race for Supervisor, District One. Independent candidate Paul Patterson got 424 votes compared to 363 for Republican Marshall McLaughlin. Democrat Evan Denton was the winner with 42 percent of the vote in the winner-take-all general election. Go figure.
See the unofficial Union County totals…Union Co. Unofficial election results Nov. 2015
MISSISSIPPI STATE-WIDE RACES:
Results were updated until a winner was declared:
- (R) Bryant 193327 68% winner (48% reporting)
- (D) Gray 87882 31%
- (R) Reeves 170881 62% winner (48% reporting)
- (D) Johnson 94767 34%
- (D) Hood 354702 56% winner (94% reporting)
- (R) Hurst 281627 44%
- (R) Pickering 180884 66% winner (48% reportint)
- (D) Pritchett 90584 33%
Public Service Commissioner
- (D) Presley 86007 59% Winner (68% reporting)
- (R) Maynard 60270 41%
Secretary of State
- (R) Hoseman 79402 61 % winner (48% reporting)
- (D) Graham 46356 36%
Transportation Commissioner Northern District
- (R) Tagert 37628 67% winner (48% reporting)
- (D) Woods 18659 33%
Initiative 42 Statewide (with 65% reporting)
- Against 325638 52% Winner (95% reporting)
- For 298781 48%
- 42 222067 58% Winner (95% reporting)
- 42A 163686 42%