Tuesday, August 6, 2019

D or R for Hinds Voters Today?

Elections are almost upon us.   While there are many new faces asking for our votes, there problem of deciding whether to vote in the Democratic or Republican primaries is quite old.  Which Hinds County primary should Republicans vote in today?

Voters in Madison and Rankin Counties do not face the same dilemma as those in Hinds County.  The counties are dominated by Republicans (except for the northern part of Madison County).  Sheriff, Supervisor, Representative, Treasurer, Governor and the rest of them- the races are in the Republican primaries.   Thus they can go to sleep election night knowing they were good little voters of the Republican party.

However,  Hinds County voters must decide every four years which means more to them- state or local races as the real action is usually in the primaries.  This problem is especially acute for Republican voters as the local races affect them more in a personal way but they want to be good Republicans and vote for their candidates for Governor.

Make no mistake, there are many Republican votes ins Hinds County:

November 2016 Presidential Election: 24,813
March 2016 Presidential Republican Primary: 18,433

August 2, 2011 GOP primary: Nearly 15,000 votes
2012 Presidential election: 27,595 votes
2012 Republican Presidential primary: 14,807 votes

The Democrat votes in 2011 were more telling:
August 2, 2011 Democratic Primary: 30,000-37,000 votes, depending on the election.
2012 Democrat Primary: 23,369 votes
2012 Presidential election: 73,100

Thus there are much more Democrat votes in Hinds County than Republican votes BUT Republican voters can make a difference - in a Democrat primary. There were only 35,068 votes in the 2015 Hinds County Democratic primary. 

Republican voters face a choice on Tuesday in Hinds County: Should they vote in Democrat or Republican primary?  It is a tough choice this year.  There is a strong chance the Republican races for Governor and Attorney General will have runoffs.  Runoffs that will mean more than a little bit to quite a few GOP voters.  The Republican voters in Hinds County tend to be concerned about crime.  Thus they have to decide which is more important: electing a Sheriff and District Attorney or electing a Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, and Treasurer.  Not an easy choice.

The election results don't lie and there are more than enough Republican votes in Hinds County to make a difference in key races next week.  

Just something to consider today when going to the polls. 


Anonymous said...

It’s a tough choice but I have to believe the governors race is more important. Leave Jackson to its problems, a new sheriff won’t change much.

Anonymous said...

Tho Golden Rule- Those who have the Gold, make the rules. Now everyone- go out there and "Change the World" today!

Anonymous said...

I'm a "vote for the person, not the party" kinda guy and it really pisses me off that my vote for individuals has been disenfranchised in the primary.

Anonymous said...


IMHO if a candidate is willing to identify as a D these days it tells me all I personally need to know about the person.

Anonymous said...

How ironic. The ranks of Hinds Republicans have never been thinner but they can still play something of a spoiler role -- for the time being -- in a Democratic primary. The only statewide race where they can be the difference is AG.

Kingfish said...

That's still quite a bit of Republican votes.

Anonymous said...

The elections for District Attorney, Sheriff and Supervisor will have a more direct bearing on property values in Hinds County than any race on the Republican ballot.

Anonymous said...

I'm very conservative and live in NE Jackson. I voted in the D primary and had to write in a few candidates. Pissed me off that we have to vote in a primary by party. Tells me a lot about the state.

Anonymous said...

What is sad is the fact that Mississippi politicizes its law enforcement. There should be no party affiliation for sheriff or district attorney.

Anonymous said...

I hear in Raymond they just didn't show up with the Republican ballots today. If that would have happened to the Democrat ballots, you'd have the ACLU and the rest of the letters screaming foul, the Reverends and those sissies in the bowties from Pelahatchie showing up, and Stokes would be getting interviewed with the meat sweats rolling off his forehead. Instead its just quietly talked about.

Anonymous said...

I think many Republicans may agree with you 9:49 but the vast majority of Democrats do not and will not.

Anonymous said...

F*ck that sh*t - I voted in the Republican Primary any opportunity to vote against Tate Reeves, Buck Clark, and Mark Baker was clearly worth it.

Anonymous said...

Any statement from the Comrade Mayor Lumumba on who he is endorsing?

Anonymous said...

9:38 nails it. Our primary system is stupid and hails from the days of post-reconstructionism.

And thanks Kingfish for posting this, people forget there are a lot of republicans in Hinds County. In the last presidential election, Hinds was tied for 5th most in the state for votes for the GOP candidate, right there with Madison county. State leaders tend for forget that.

Anonymous said...

If you are in Districts 2 or 5, you better vote democrat and you better vote to keep McQuirter and McGowan, or this place is right back in the hands of Kenny Thompson, Stokes and Lumumba.

Your vote won't make a difference in the governor's race, but it might here.

Anonymous said...

Ah, the use of the term "Democrat" instead of "Democratic". Not that anyone takes you as a serious, impartial journalist but you could at least try to pretend to be.

Anonymous said...

That's why you move out of Jackson.

Anonymous said...

D only in Hinds Co. One poll didn’t have the R table ready and asked a Lt. Col. with the highway patrol I’d he would consider voting D. that’s good political stuff there.

Anonymous said...

Tell that to all of the old newspapers in the country called the So-and-So Democrat

Just because the democrats tried to rebrand themselves and wikipedia has frozen their wiki to effectively memory hole the proper use doesn't change the face that democrat is singular of the plural democrats

Anonymous said...

WOW, 9:33 AM!! Aren't you the narrow minded one? Kind of slim on the friends list I would imagine. Your ridiculous comment tells us all that we need to know about you! Good government by good people rise above R and D. I'm angry that I had to choose one ballot over the other.

Anonymous said...

Republicans only come to NE Jackson and woodland hills for the fundraisers. Even Marco Rubio,Bush, kasich... Romney all hold dinner parties at houses in eastover and woodland hills. These elites don't understand a day of true work if it bit them in the a$$... these NE Jackson liberals and republicans alike turn me off from all of the candidates they endorse. Count Andy taggart as one that fundraised in fondren. He's a liberal in hiding.

Anonymous said...

9:49 AM

I completely agree with that. Two things that should not be politicized are Sherrifs and Judges. I think voting for a judge is so backwards. They should be nominated. Also voted in the Republican against Tate.

Anonymous said...


I am male, white, straight, christian and capitalistic. I don't want socialism, open borders, government controlled healthcare or to kill babies in the ninth month of a pregnancy. Why in the world would I vote for someone who aligns them self with a party that hates me and espouses everything that is 180 degrees opposite of who I am and what I believe in ? For the record, based on your un-called for personal insults, I can clearly tell what party you are affiliated with.

Anonymous said...

3:27, I assume you are referring to democrats but you surely don't think that the sheriff or the DA or the tax assessor have anything to do with "socialism, open borders, government controlled healthcare or to kill babies in the ninth month of a pregnancy"?

Because a democrat is going to win each of those positions today whether you want to associate with them or not.

Anonymous said...


Assume ? Surely you jest .

Anonymous said...

"Leave Jackson to it's problems"

Good luck getting to a poling station to vote. So many bridges out and all.

Anonymous said...

@3:05PM...I agree 100%..Mr. Taggart is a liberal masquerading as a conservative.

Anonymous said...

This is (or should be) a rhetorical question. If you're in Hinds County, you vote in the Democrat primary, if you want your vote to matter. Whoever wins the D primary will be your next representative, at least in all of the local races.

I live in South Jackson and the poor poll workers at the R table were truly lonely and falling asleep. I had to stand in line (as usual) at the D table.

We have some good candidates running (finally!) against some true train wrecks in some extremely important races, like DA. I felt the most important vote I cast was the one AGAINST Jody Owens. Sadly, he will probably win it.

Oh, and I voted for SPOONER for Sheriff. I know the SPOONER guy on here will be thrilled.

Anonymous said...

What would Hinds county look like if the 14000 Republican voters could have voted for Sheriff, DA, district supervisor, etc?

Anonymous said...

@ 9:24
To be clear... many traditional Republican voters in Hinds county city of Jackson in particular voted in democrat primary yesterday. Obviously more in Clinton should have as McQuirter lost to Dumb dumb wife abuser Archie. Some people never learn. That's how sheriff McMillan was defeated also.

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