Sherman and Baria headed for runoff, winner faces Wicker

By JASON PATTERSON,

The outcome of Tuesday’s election was considered predictable by most political observers with incumbent U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker a heavy favorite for the Republican nomination and U.S. Rep Bennie Thompson facing no opposition from either party.

Perhaps that’s why most Yazoo County voters didn’t take the time to participate.

Whatever the reason, only 1,627 of Yazoo County’s 18,609 registered voters voted Tuesday.

Wicker, who earned the Republican nomination by a strong margin statewide, carried Yazoo County with 827 votes to Republican challenger Richard Warren Boyanton’s 105.

Wicker will face the winner of a runoff for the Democratic nomination between David Baria and Howard Sherman.

Sherman was the leading Democrat in Yazoo County with 281 votes to Baria’s 151.

The runoff election between Baria and Sherman will be held on June 26.

Baria is a state representative from Bay St. Louis, and he currently serves as the minority leader in the Mississippi House of Representatives.

Sherman, a Los Angeles native, is a businessman who is married to actress Sela Ward of Meridian. In a recent visit with The Yazoo Herald, Sherman said that his business experience and contacts make him the best candidate for economic development in Mississippi.

The general election that includes Wicker vs. the winner of the Democratic runoff will be held on Nov. 6.

Nov. 6 will also include a special election to replace U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, who resigned in April due to health reasons. That election includes former state Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith, who was appointed to temporarily fill Cochran’s seat by Gov. Phil Bryant, State Sen. Chris McDaniel, who previously challenged Cochran in a close election, and Yazoo City native Mike Espy, who has previous served as a U.S. Representative and as secretary of agriculture during the Clinton administration.