Mississippi Democrats on Thursday nominated attorney Ty Pinkins as their new secretary of state candidate to replace a candidate who withdrew from the race citing health problems.
Pinkins will face Republican incumbent Michael Watson in the November 7 general election.
Pinkins had already launched another statewide campaign, challenging Republican Senator Roger Wicker in the 2024 election.
At a news conference Thursday on the steps of the State Capitol, Pinkins said Mississippi had “restrictive and confusing voting laws” blamed on Watson and other Republicans.
“Republicans and state leaders are carefully gerrymandering or redrawing districts to limit the voting power of minorities and poor communities,” said veteran Pinkins. ‘ said. “They refuse to allow online registration and early voting, which are prohibitively expensive and sometimes make absentee voting impossible, even for good reasons.”
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Watson is a lawyer who won the public election for secretary of state in 2019 after serving three terms in the Mississippi Senate.
The Associated Press emailed and texted Pinkins’ statement to Mr. Watson on Thursday seeking a response.
Schwarsky Young, who was not opposed by the Democratic nominee for secretary of state, recently announced that he was withdrawing from the race because hypertension is limiting his campaign.
Two of three state board members voted Wednesday to accept Young’s resignation and let the Democrats nominate a new candidate. Watson sits on the committee but does not participate in the decisions.
Watson had nearly $884,000 in campaign funds as of July. The Secretary of State’s website shows that no Pinkins campaign funds existed as of Thursday.