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Biden, Trump top Copiah polls, turnout low

Copiah County voters went to the polls yesterday to cast their ballots in the presidential and congressional primaries. Voter turnout was low, with only 6,324 of the county’s approximately 19,000 registered voters casting their ballots. In the Democratic primary, many of the names on the ballot yesterday had already dropped out of the race following disappointing showings in last week’s Super Tuesday primaries. Joseph “Joe” R. Biden received the most votes with 3,060 followed by Bernie Sanders, 719 and Tulsi Gabbard, 16. In the Republican primary, President Donald Trump won the majority of votes in the county, with 2,256. Other candidates in the race included Bill Weld, 12 votes and Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente, 11 votes. For U.S. Senate, Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith was unopposed for the Republican nomination, receiving 2,228 votes . Mike Espy won the Democratic nomination, statewide, and received 3,740 votes in Copiah County, to 107 votes for Tobey Bernard Bartee and 95 votes for Jensen Bohren. For U.S. House of Representatives, Second Congressional District, U.S. Congressman Bennie G. Thompson easily dispatched challenger Sonia Rathburn by a vote of 3,689 to 192 in the Democratic primary. Brian Flowers received 811 votes in Copiah County to 780 for Thomas L. Carey and 466 for B.C. Hammond in the Republican primary for the Second District seat. Voters will go the polls again November 3 in the general election to elect the United States President, and members of Congress. There will also be some election commissioner races on the ballot.

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