With all the votes now counted in Warren County, the results are quite different from those on Election Day.
When 4,689 absentee and affidavit ballots were added to the preliminary machine totals available on the evening of Nov. 3, the county switched from a Republican victory to a Democratic one.
The results also show record-breaking numbers. Of the 29,782 registered voters in Warren County, 21,170 cast ballots in the election for a whopping 71% turnout.
“It’s amazingly good,” said Sara Dionne, chair of the county’s election commission, of the turnout. In comparison, 63% of voters turned out in 2016 and 57% in 2012.
The numbers of absentee ballots set another record, more than doubling the number cast in 2016. Of 4,133 absentee ballots received in the county, 4,106 were accepted. In 2016, absentee ballots totaled 1,792.
This year, in every national race, Democrats won in Warren County.
In the race for U.S. House in District 2, Bennie Thompson, the Democratic incumbent, beat Republican challenger Brian Flowers 10,396 to 10,280. He remains the lone Democrat in Mississippi’s congressional delegation.
For the U.S. Senate seat, Democratic challenger Mike Espy won over Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith 10,853 to 9,912.
In the presidential race, the Democratic ticket of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won over the incumbent GOP slate of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence 10,442 to 10,365.
Among the seven other challengers for the office of the presidency, no one garnered even 100 votes. The closest candidate was Libertarian Jo Jorgensen, who eked out 93 votes. Rapper Kanye West got 46. A total of 246 votes were cast for the seven third-party candidates.
The county tally has been sent to the secretary of state’s office for final certification.