Voting underway for Mississippi’s primary election; Polls close at 7 p.m. Tuesday

JACKSON COUNTY, Miss. (WXXV) — Mississippi is one of six states with a primary on Tuesday.

Voters across the state are choosing Democratic and Republican nominees for federal offices.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Voters in the primaries must show government-issued photo IDs. If you’re unsure where you’re supposed to go to vote, check out the Secretary of State’s website.

Three candidates are competing for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. The winner will face Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith in November.

Congressmen Bennie Thompson of the 2nd District, Michael Guest of the 3rd District and Steven Palazzo of the 4th District are being challenged in their own party primaries Tuesday. Thompson is a Democrat. Guest and Palazzo are Republicans.

In the 1st District, Republican Rep. Trent Kelly is unopposed for the nomination.

Mississippi Democrats are voting in a presidential primary that has been narrowed to three candidates. The state is awarding 36 Democratic delegates Tuesday.

Former Vice President Joe Biden campaigned Sunday in Mississippi. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders had surrogates working on his behalf. Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard remains in the race but is far behind in delegates.

African Americans make up 38% of the Mississippi population and a larger share of the Democratic electorate.

The Republican presidential primary ballot lists President Donald Trump and two other candidates. Mississippi is awarding 40 Republican delegates.

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