Miss. voter turnout projected higher than 4 years ago

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Clear morning skies are greeting early morning voters today as they cast their votes in the statewide party primaries.

Voters in dozens of Mississippi counties are choosing Democratic and Republican nominees for all eight statewide offices.

They're also voting for all 174 legislative seats; regional offices of transportation commissioner, public service commissioner and district attorney; and county offices.

Precinct manager Margaret Thompson said the precinct at a National Guard armory in Rankin County is busy and everything is going smoothly.

Secretary of State Eric Clark said yesterday he expected the turnout to be stronger than in the statewide primaries four years ago.

Competitive races for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor and the Democratic nomination for insurance commissioner, as well as local contests for sheriff and other offices are driving the expected turnout.

Polls opened at 7 a.m. and will close at 7 p.m.

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