Strong Lincoln numbers push Doty to victory

Published 12:19 pm Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Despite a late attack ad campaign, incumbent Sen. Sally Doty moved past the primaries Tuesday night with a defeat of challenger Mike Campbell.

Doty won with 57 percent of the votes in District 39, which includes Lincoln and Lawrence counties and portions of Copiah and Walthall counties. Lincoln County numbers were slightly higher for Doty as she took away 58 percent of the votes — 3,298 compared to Campbell’s 2,363 in unofficial numbers.

“I just want to thank all of my voters,” Doty said. “And I appreciate the encouragement from everyone while out on the campaign trail.”

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Doty, who was first elected in 2011, will now face Michael Smith (D) in the November election.

“We look forward to getting our message out there for good results in November,” she said.

In the weeks leading up to the election, the National Association for Gun Rights flooded mailboxes with anti-Doty postcards claiming she was against the Second Amendment and that she supported Obamacare.

The National Rifle Association firmly supported her in the aftermath of the mailings. Campbell denied any part in the mailers.