Jackson County Circuit Clerk’s Office prepares for Presidential Primary


As the clock continues to tick down to Mississippi’s presidential primary tomorrow, News 25’s Toni Miles checked in with the Circuit Clerk’s Office in Jackson County and has what you need to know about tomorrow’s election.

Jackson County Circuit Clerk Randy Carney and his staff have been busy the past few weeks preparing for Tuesday’s presidential primary election.

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On Monday, Carney and his chief deputy delivered the county’s absentee ballots to the election commission. As far as absentee ballots are concerned, turn-out was low. “Historically speaking, the primaries usually aren’t that busy, so we’re really looking for that to pick up in the November General Election. Here in the office we did 370 absentees total over a 45 day period.”

Voters will cast their ballots along party lines, choosing candidates in several races from the local to national level in Tuesday’s primary. “I think the Presidential race will be the big one. There were ten candidates on the ballot originally. They’re down to three. Seven had suspended their campaigns earlier, and we’ve also got three on the Republican side. You can’t cross parties. Mississippi has closed primaries, meaning if you vote Tuesday in the Republican Primary, and there is a runoff three weeks later, then you have to vote Republican still. Same with Democrat. You can’t cross party lines.”

There is one race that could be decided on Election Day: the Congressional Seat for District 4. “There are no Democrats in that race. It’s all Republicans. More than likely that will be decided in the primary. You have to have 50 percent plus one to win the primary. If you don’t get that number you have to go into the runoff election three weeks later.”

Also on the ballot are candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for Mississippi’s U.S. Senate Seat. The winner of that race will face Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith, who has no challenger.

Run-offs are set for March 31st.

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Toni started at WXXV News 25 in December of 2013, just three months after the news was launched. She has served as Assignment Editor, anchored for nearly two years, worked as a reporter for several years and hosted Coastal Connections for more than four years. Toni graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern Mississippi where she was editor of the Student Printz. She then did an internship on Capitol Hill, working for a U.S. Senator, then returned to Mississippi as a reporter at WDAM in Hattiesburg. After that, she moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, working as a reporter for FOX 25 in Biloxi, then crossing city lines to work at WLOX-TV news in Biloxi, starting out as a producer, then working as a photographer, reporter, weekend assignment editor and weekend anchor. She was among the station team that won the Edward Murrow and Peabody awards for coverage during Hurricane Katrina. Toni moved to the Lone Star State where she worked as the morning and noon anchor, investigative reporter and live shot reporter for KZTV Action 10 News, then KRIS TV News in Corpus Christi, Texas. Toni moved back to the Magnolia State to be with and take care of her family, working as a multi-media journalist and fill-in anchor at WDBD Fox 40 news in Jackson. After almost completing a second degree in filmmaking at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, Toni transitioned back to news at News 25. Toni is blessed to have a wonderful support network of close family, friends and mentors, and she hopes to pay it forward. She has a three-legged chiweenie named Rocky Balboa because of his fighting spirit. She loves writing and has completed a novel that has been adapted into a screenplay, and has just finished another screenplay called "Delta Rose." She's currently working on a new legal thriller called "Fall From Grace." Stay tuned.... If you’d like to book a live in studio interview on News 25 Today, just email: tmiles@wxxv25.com. These interviews can have up to two guests, last about two minutes and showcase community events, non-profit organizations and things of interest to people in our area…and they’re FREE! Just send information about your event, including date, time, location, contact number and/or website for viewers wanting more information, along with the proper name and titles of the person or two people who will be interviewed, and Toni or producer Porsha Williams (pwilliams@wxxv25.com) will get back with you via email in a timely manner to book a date. Typical interview times are daily at: 5:45, 6:45, 7:45 or 8:45 am. Guests are asked to arrive about 30 minutes beforehand. You can also ask about booking a live shot on location for news events for our 6 and 7 am newscasts. We look forwarding to having you!