State Senator Melanie Sojourner and the State Senator she beat four years ago, Bob Dearing, are locked in their own death struggle at the courthouse. The vote-counting has been real tight and no one yet knows who will win the race. Things got interesting yesterday as the Butler Snow dons, oops, I meant lawyers showed up yesterday to represent Mr. Dearing at the courthouse. Keith Plunkett reported on his MississippiPep blog:
Affidavits are being counted in Pike County today in a still-too-close-to-call race between Republican Senator Melanie Sojourner and Democrat Bob Dearing in the Senate District 37 race.
With the race tight and every vote in the heavily leaning Republican county more likely to end the race in favor of Sojourner, the Democrat has called in the guns of Butler Snow.
Butler Snow, a law firm turned government affairs operation, is the home base of uber-lobbyist and former Republican Governor Haley Barbour. .....
The attorneys are reportedly stopping the count and asking the names and addresses of every affidavit voter. Rest of post.
The jotting down of the names and addresses of affidavit voters is standard procedure. The elections in Canton alone have shown that is what a competent poll-watching operation should do as people who lived outside the district or claimed vacant lots for residence tried to vote via affidavit in 2012.
However, it is interesting that Butler Snow shows up to help Dearing. Mr. Plunkett is probably on to something in his post. Senator Sojourner and her ally Senator Chris McDaniel have been attacking the Barbours ever since the Senate race last year. They have called out Haley by name more than a few times in press releases and on Facebook. Well..... Haley knows how to play hardball and if you want to pick a fight, Mr. Barbour might be happy to oblige. It appears Mr. Barbour did so in this case as his firm is representing Dearing.
Ms. Sojourner provided some results on her Facebook page two hours ago:
Adams County (w/o absentees)
Amite County (w/ absentees)
Franklin County (w/ absentees)
Pike County (w/ absentees)
She also stated "am headed to Adams County now seeking an explanation on why it is that a week later a report of the final count still has not been released?"
State law mandates that the results can not be certified until after five business days have passed. This is a result of voter ID as an affidavit voter who did not produce his ID at the poll has those five days to show his ID to the circuit clerk. I suspect that might be part of the issue.
Give her some credit. She hasn't backed down over the last year and has stood up for herself, right or wrong. She might go down but if she does, she is going down fighting.