The Attala County Circuit Clerk’s office has completed the certification process for the Nov. 3 election, which included a two county school board seats, as well as national-level elections.
Of the county’s 12,594 registered voters, 8,928 (70.89%) cast ballots in the presidential election.
Overall, local voters backed some election winners and some who failed to win their races.
Local voters backed the Trump/Pence presidential ticket overwhelmingly, though the pair lost the race at the national level. Locals gave Trump/Pence 58.63% of the local vote.
Attala County voters backed winning Senate candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith, giving her 55.39% of the local vote, but supported losing 2nd Congressional District candidate Brian Flowers (R) with 56.66% of the local vote. Flowers lost to long-time incumbent Democrat Bennie Thompson.
Local voters supported winning MS Supreme Court District 3 (Northern) Place 3 incumbent Josiah D. Coleman with 66.25% of their votes to challenger Percy L. Lynchard’s 33.11%.
All of the county’s election commissioners were relected with the exception of District 5’s Johnnie Tolleson, who did not run. She will be replaced by Allen Massey, the sole candidate in the race.
Sheila Rone, who was the sole candidate in the District 5 race for Attala County School board will replace board member Rodger Clark, who declined to run for reelection, citing work and family responsibilities.
In District 1 of the school board, incumbent Camille Riley-Smith, who had been appointed to fulfill an unexpsired term, lost to challenger Wilson Jackson in a relatively close race. Jackson earned 277 of the 506 votes cast (54.74%) to Riley-Smith’s 229 votes (45.26%).
Local voters overwhelmingly supported the effort to legalize medical marijauna in Mississippi, giving the general item 63.41% of the votes. An even higher percentage (69.51%) specifically endorsed Initiative 65, which will govern the medical marijuana program.
Voters also endorsed the initiative to make the election of state-wide offices like for Governor a strict majority vote with nearly 79% of local ballots in favor.
Finally, 69.45% of local voters endorsed the proposed new state flag that was selected by a commission at the state level.
For detailed election results, see the attached PDF below: