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MS-Sen: The primaries result in a landslide and a runoff

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) easily won the GOP primary in his state on Tuesday. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The Democratic primary race for U.S. Senate in Mississippi is too close to call and is heading to a runoff, while the Republican primary saw an easy winner.

How close was it between the top Dems?

Pretty darn close.

With over 95 percent of precincts reporting, Howard Sherman and David Baria were neck and neck. Sherman received 31.9 percent of the vote with 25,943 ballots cast his way, while Baria garnered 31.3 percent of the vote and received the nod from 25,312 voters — a difference of roughly 600 votes.

Sherman and Baria will now face each other again in a runoff on June 26.

Mr. Baria is an attorney who is currently serving as the Democratic leader in the Mississippi House, and Sherman is a venture capitalist married to actress Sela Ward.

How far apart was it between the Republicans?

Oh goodness. Far. Apart.

After reported "radio silence" between incumbent Senator Roger Wicker and challenger Richard Boyanton leading up to the race, Wicker pulled in 82.5 percent of the vote with 95.6 percent of precincts reporting. He saw 122,935 votes in his corner, dwarfing Boyanton's 17.5 percent.

Boyanton, a businessman who ran a low-budget campaign, received 26,008 votes.

Senator Wicker was endorsed by President Trump a few months ago, and said on Tuesday, "It does seem based on statements coming from the various Democratic campaigns that opposition to the Trump agenda will be front and center in their emphasis. I don't think that sounds like a winner in Mississippi.

How's the general election looking?

Considering Mississippi hasn't had a Democrat in a U.S. Senate seat since 1989 and the fact that neither Democrat (at this snapshot of the vote counts) was even able to earn more votes than Boyanton, it appears Wicker has more than a good shot at winning this one — regardless of who takes the prize in the Democrats' runoff.


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