(Southaven, MS) By about 10:30 Tuesday morning, only about 75 people had voted at the precinct at DeSoto Justice Court in the Mississippi Senate runoff.
But a small but steady stream did walk in and out of the polling place.
Candidates in the runoff had a long night of campaigning and planting signs all over the district.
Olive Branch optometrist David Parker and his crew were out until the wee hours of the morning, ”1:30 last night, putting up all these signs that are around here. Myself and my friends and volunteers who were good enough to get out and help me in the driving rain and wind last night.”
Parker has the signage down to a science with a custom-built mobile campaign sign station with all the tools to get signs up in minutes.
Voters are casting ballots in two separate runoffs, those for Senate District 19 and House District 52.
Parker is running against State Representative Pat Nelson, who has pledged to pay for a special election out of his own pocket to replace him in the House, if voters send him to the Senate, ”We’re trying to appeal to educators, parents, we’ve got students who are old enough to vote. That’s a large part of our base and we’re trying to create jobs and improve our schools.”
In Western Marshall and East DeSoto Counties voters will send either Bill Kinkade of Jeremy Bryan to the Legislature.
Polls close at 7.