DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. (localmemphis.com) – Desoto County voters are making their voices heard Tuesday for the 2019 general election, with the Governor’s race and other statewide contests on the ballot.
At one of the county’s busiest precincts – Hernando West – poll workers said turnout was strong from sunrise to sundown, including the typical pre-work and post-work voting rushes.
The gubernatorial race is drawing both statewide and national headlines, as a recent poll showed a closer than normal race between Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Democratic Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood.
The election brought both the President and Vice President to Mississippi, along with millions of dollars in negative ads.
The Desoto County election commission chairman expects between 30% and 40% of the county’s 110,000 eligible voters will turnout.
A Mason-Dixon poll last month showed the gubernatorial race basically a tossup, with a sizable chunk of undecided voters.
Reeves hopes to get enough conservatives to show up at the ballot box, while Hood is banking on crossover Republican votes.
Hernando voters told Local 24 News they take their civic duty seriously.
“If we don’t get out and vote, our voices can’t be heard as far as what we need to be implemented as far as the government,” Katrina Ware said.
“It’s so important, you know, a lot of people think not every vote matters, but we can’t get our point across if we don’t share our vote, and really get out and practice that right,” Pam Welch said.
Desoto County election leaders believe Tuesday’s gubernatorial turnout will somewhere between the 42% in 2011 and 21% percent in 2015.