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DeSoto Co. will play big role in Cochran, McDaniel race

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McDaniel took around 63 percent of the votes in DeSoto County. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) McDaniel took around 63 percent of the votes in DeSoto County. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
Election officials say it will play a big role in next week's runoff between Senator Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5 file) Election officials say it will play a big role in next week's runoff between Senator Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5 file)
DESOTO COUNTY, MS -

(WMC) - The runoff for the Senate race in Mississippi is Tuesday.

DeSoto is one of the largest counties in North Mississippi, and election officials say it will play a big role in next week's runoff between Senator Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel.

Before any talk of a runoff, DeSoto County voters hit the polls. There are about 94,000 registered to cast their ballot.

"Of those, about 15 percent voted in the Republican primary," DeSoto County Republican Party Chairman Kevin Blackwell said.

The race between Cochran and McDaniel was close statewide, but McDaniel took around 63 percent of the votes in DeSoto County.

"DeSoto County was huge for me. Again I've got family up here. I've got friends up here," said McDainel.

Runoff elections typically have even lower turnouts. So McDaniel and Cochran both have last-minute campaign stops planned here all weekend. Blackwell says there is one indication that may suggest a higher turnout in the runoff than the original primary.

"Our absentee votes are up about 24 percent from where they were during the primary," he said.

Blackwell believes DeSoto County will again play a big role in the state's election. McDaniel says he is not worried about turnout and will keep marching on until the polls close on Tuesday.

"They're going to turn out, our people are going to turn out, and we're going to have a great night on the 24," he said.

WMC Action News 5 reached out to Senator Cochran's campaign staff. He was not available to talk Friday. He has several stops planned Saturday, beginning in Oxford first thing in the morning.

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