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Starling ‘Proud’ of Large Voter Turnout in Alcorn County Runoff

Crystal Starling, Alcorn County deputy circuit clerk

By Josh Mitchell

Corinth Today News Editor

Deputy Alcorn County Circuit Clerk Crystal Starling said there was a very large voter turnout for the runoff election Tuesday.

Typically, a runoff is thought to have a strong turnout if the votes equal about 50 percent of the general election votes.

But in the Tuesday runoff in Alcorn County, the runoff votes were about 90 percent of the general election votes. Starling described the voter turnout as “amazing” and said having that many people turnout for a runoff is “pretty much unheard of.”

She said she is “proud” that the voters got back out and voted again three weeks after the general election.

There were around 10,431 votes cast in the general election compared to 9,274 in the runoff. About 38 percent of the county’s 24,616 registered voters turned out for the runoff.

Starling noted that three high-profile races from the general election still needed to be decided in the runoff — U.S. Senate and two judge posts.

In the senate race, Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith defeated Democrat Mike Espy to become the first elected female U.S. senator in state history.

The race garnered national attention, and President Donald Trump stumped for Hyde-Smith in Tupelo on Monday.

“When you get the president to stop in, you know it’s a pretty big race,” Starling said.

Hyde-Smith’s victory was the lead story on the major national news networks Tuesday night.

In other races, Brad Tennison defeated Lisa Koon in the District 1, Place 1 chancery court judge race. Kelly Mims defeated Sadie Gardner in the District 1, Place 3 circuit court judge runoff.

In Alcorn County, there were 75 election machines used across 17 precincts, and the election ran smoothly, Starling said. Election results, other than absentee ballots and affidavits, were known about two hours after the polls closed.

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