Republicans undefeated in Marion County

By CHARLIE SMITH AND SUSAN AMUNDSON,

Republicans made a clean sweep in Marion County Tuesday as the GOP nominees won all 14 of the contested races on the county ballot.

With all 22 of the precincts reporting, none of the races were close as Republicans got roughly two out of every three votes in most races, according to unofficial returns.

Among open seats, Elisha Moree was elected chancery clerk, Blue Green District 1 supervisor and Brandon Rowell District 1 justice court judge.

Krae Morgan defeated incumbent Democrat Brian Foxworth for District 1 constable.

Sheriff Berkley Hall and State Sen. Angela Hill also won additional four-year terms.

The election will leave only one elected Democrat in Marion County come 2020, longtime District 5 Supervisor Calvin Newsom, who was not opposed for re-election.

The same Republican dominance was on display in the statewide races in Marion County. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves smoked Attorney General Jim Hood with 63 percent of the Marion County vote in the governor’s race, and that same trend played out all the way down the ballot.

Moree, a longtime deputy chancery clerk under the retiring Cass Barnes, said she is very excited to win the office.

“I never thought I would be here when I started at age 16,” she said.

Morgan said he’s very thankful for all of the support and prayers in District 1 and looks forward to serving everyone. He said he’s thankful for the 64 percent who voted and wants everyone to know he intends to be there for all 100 percent of the people.

Rowell said he’s “very excited and proud,” and Hall said he’s “going to keep going on.”

There were 748 absentee ballots to be counted, but that could not change any of the outcomes.

Voter turnout was about 49 percent with 8,060 cards cast out of 16,396 registered voters.

To see the unofficials results, click here.

Caption: In this collage taken Tuesday night at the Marion County Courthouse, election winners, from left, Brandon Rowell, Krae Morgan and Elisha Moree are seen.

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