With 100 percent of Lafayette County votes tallied at 10:30 p.m., U.S. Thad Cochran was the favored Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate race with 64.3 percent of the votes. Chris McDaniel took 34.8 percent and Thomas Carey took just .83 percent.
Democrat Senate candidate Travis Childers took 82.8 percent of Lafayette County’s votes and more than 71 percent for the state. That race was called by 9:30 p.m. with Childers being named the winner over William Bond Compton, Bill Marcy and Jonathan Rawl.
With about 98 percent of precincts reporting around the state, McDaniel and Cochran were tied with both receiving 49 percent of the votes. Carey earned 2 percent. The race has not been called. If neither candidate earns 50-percent of the vote plus 1, there will be a runoff election June 24.
First Congressional District candidate Ron Dickey beat out Rex Weathers to win the Democratic nomination and will take on Republican incumbent Alan Nunnelee in November.
Check the Oxford EAGLE website for updates.
(June 3, 2014)