Taking A Look at Marion County
I certainly won’t pretend to be an expert on Marion county politics, but anytime there is a party switch I like to look at the electorate and see what this may mean for the next election.
Just looking at primary vote numbers, Marion county wasn’t different than most rural counties in the state- the voters tend to vote in the Democratic primary. In 2007, about 6,400 people voted in the Democratic primary compared to just 2,200 on the Republican side. However, this didn’t translate into votes for the Democratic ticket. Haley Barbour won a little more than 59 percent of the vote in the county, while Phil Bryant racked up more than 64 percent in his race. On the national level, John McCain won the county with 66 percent (outperforming his 56 percent total in the state) while Roger Wicker won about 61 percent of the vote that same day.