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Primary election day nears in Mississippi

We are just over a week away from the Mississippi primary election day, which is Tuesday, March 12. Republicans and Democrats across the state will be going to the polls to select their candidates for the November general election.  

In DeSoto County, voters will cast ballots for Presidential, U.S. Senate, and House of Representative candidates.

Republicans will find four names on the primary ballot for President, although only two are still actively running for the party’s nomination. 

The four are former President Donald Trump, former South Carolina Gov. and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and American entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy. Trump and Haley remain campaigning for the nomination, but DeSantis and Ramaswamy ended their campaigns after the deadline to have their names removed from the Mississippi ballot.

In the race for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination, incumbent Sen. Roger Wicker is facing a challenge from two other candidates, including current state Rep. Dan Eubanks (R-Walls). Eubanks and retired Marine Corps Col. Ghannon Burton are challenging Wicker for the nomination.  

U.S. Congressman Trent Kelly is running unopposed for the GOP nod for re-election.

Kelly’s challenger will come from the Democratic side where Dianne Dodson Black and Matthew “Bronco” Williams are running for the nomination. Black is an Olive Branch businesswoman who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2022. Williams is a teacher, journalist and writer.

President Joe Biden is unopposed on the Democratic ballot for re-election and Ty Pinkins is running unopposed for U.S. Senate.  

Monday, March 4 is the last day for voter registration for the April 2 primary runoff election, if a runoff is required. Saturday, March 9 at 12 noon is the deadline for absentee votes to be cast at the Circuit Clerk’s office.  

On primary election day, polls are open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. 

Further voting information, including how to find your polling location, is found here.  

The primary election sample ballots are found on the DeSoto County Government website.