DeSoto voting strong early

DeSoto County election officials reported a strong turnout as of early afternoon in the runoff today between Greg Davis and Travis Childers for the First District congressional seat

A strong turnout in populous DeSoto County is seen as crucial to the bid by Davis, the Southaven mayor, to keep the seat in Republican hands.

Thunderstorms were forecast for late afternoon in the county, which could slow the turnout as the polls approach their 7 p.m. closing time. But voting early in the day was brisk, according to Dale Kelly Thompson, Circuit Court clerk and elections coordinator.

She said there had been no serious problems at any of the county’s 38 precincts.

DeSoto County, which is heavily Republican, has 71,840 registered voters but only 12,499 cast ballots in the April 22 special election between Davis, Childers and four other candidates.

Commercial Appeal