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DeSoto voters go to the polls

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HERNANDO, MS (WMC-TV) - Tuesday was primary election day in Mississippi, and municipal offices throughout Mississippi were up for grabs. Polls opened at 7:00 a.m., and according to those in the know, voting went smoothly. 

"They're going very, very well, especially since this election our wards have increased from four to six and our voting sites have increased from one to three sites," said Anita Coughlin of the Hernando Republican Committee.

In Olive Branch, several wards were up for grabs, in addition to several candidates in the Mayor's race, which has peaked voter interest.

"We expect about 30 percent (turnout)," Olive Branch Committee Chairman Pat Corrigan said. "Normally we get about 15 to 20 percent, so we're expecting more this year."

Most of this year's primary races are on the Republican side, with the winners facing off against either a Democrat or Independent candidate in the general election June 6. One of the more hotly contested races is the Southaven mayor's race, between incumbent Greg Davis and challenger Mitch Wright.

"It's like in every location, it depends on the intensity of the interest in the campaign," Election Commissioner Joe Baker said.

Officials said sunny skies were also likely to increase voter turnout.

Polls in DeSoto County close at 7:00pm.  Stay with Action News 5 and WMCTV.com for election results later this evening.

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