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County Map Of Transportation Results

January 12, 2011

I put together this map which shows just how home-base dominated yesterday’s results were for the Transportation Commissioners race. The legend is below the map. If it wasn’t for Joey Hood winning Grenada by one vote over Warner McBride, we would have entire land-locked blocs for the six candidates who won a county.

Here’s a closer look at the numbers:

State Rep. Warner McBride won the most counties: eleven. This included the three counties that he represents in the state legislature (Panola, Lafayette and Tallahatchie), plus most everything south and west of his district. He narrowly (one vote) lost Grenada to Joey Hood.

Mike Tagert won a total of nine counties on his way to a runoff. He lives in Starkville and won big in the Golden Triangle area along with neighboring counties to the north and west. He also won Lee county.

Dennis Grisham won a total of five counties. He won his home county of Tippah along with Alcorn to the north and Union, Ponotoc and Calhoun to the south.

Joey Hood won three counties in the very northeast corner of the state. He won his home county (Itawamba) and neighboring Prentiss and Tishomingo. He also won a fourth county- Grenada- in what would be the only non-landlocked county win of the day.

Ray Minor, hoping to replace his brother, won his two counties he has strong ties to. He was born and raised in Benton county and currently lives in Marshall county. He won them both.

John Caldwell showed that it pays off to be from the largest county in the district, especially in such a broken up race like this. He won Desoto big, along with Tate county directly to the south. That was enough to give him the most votes on the night and propel him to the runoff.

As Caldwell and Tagert get ready for a runoff, they can look at this map and see there is a lot of space between their home bases of Desoto and Oktibbeha up for grabs.

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