South Mississippi voters head back to the polls today

South Mississippi voters head back to the polls today

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - It's election day across the coast. The polls are open for a couple of key runoff races.

The most talked about runoff is in Jackson County. Mike Ezell and Scott McIlrath both want to be that county's sheriff. They were the top two vote getters in the November 4 general election. But, neither man got 50% of the vote. So, they had to run against each other today.

The winner of the Ezell/McIlrath race will finish the final year of Mike Byrd's term as Jackson County sheriff.

Another runoff impacts people in Harrison, Hancock and Stone Counties. Chris Schmidt and Robert Fant Walker both want to be the next circuit court judge for those counties. The winner of today's runoff will sped the next four years on the bench.

The polls close at 7:00 p.m.

WLOX News will have runoff results throughout the night on

, and on WLOX News at 10:00.

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