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.
Childers, a Democrat, is the Chancery Court Clerk in Prentiss County and has stronger support in other parts of the 24-county North Mississippi district.
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.