Hinds Judicial Races, Court of Appeals Likely Headed to Runoff

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Candidates for various Hinds County and statewide judicial roles appeared on Tuesday's ballot alongside U.S. Senate and congressional candidates. Just before midnight on election night, Hinds County released unofficial results after counting 109 of 110 precincts, or 99.09 percent of the vote.

The results are not yet final, but several races seem to be headed to a runoff. To win outright, candidates need to get at least 50 percent plus one; otherwise their races will be on the Nov. 27 runoff ballot along with U.S. Senate hopeful Mike Espy and incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith.

Following are results where they stand at press time. This story will be updated with official results when they come in. Read more about the judicial candidates who responded to our questionnaire here.

Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Races

Two assistant district attorneys under DA Robert Shuler Smith were unsuccessful in their bids for circuit-court judge seats. For District 7-1, Jackson attorney Matt Allen with 36.75 percent and Rep. Adrienne Wooten, D-Jackson, with 45.17 percent are heading to a runoff. ADA Pat McNamara was also in that race, but drew only 6 percent of the vote.

In the race for District 7-2, over which Senior Court Judge Tomie Green has presided for the last two decades, Green defeated ADA Kimalon Campbell with nearly double the votes. Circuit Court Judge Winston Kidd ran unopposed and won.

For the final circuit-court seat up for grabs in District 4, former Hinds County District Attorney Eleanor Faye Peterson leads the unofficial results with 39.33 precent and Joseph Sclafani with 26.99 percent will go to a runoff. Gov. Phil Bryant appointed Sclafani to fill the remainder of Circuit Court Judge Bill Gowan when he retired. Attorney Trent Walker came in a close third with 21.27 percent of the vote.

Circuit Court District 7-1

(VOTE FOR) 1 MATTHEW ALLEN . .

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