The Green Papers: Mississippi 2015 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
✓ Special Non-partisan Election House CD 1: Tuesday 12 May 2015
✓ Special Non-partisan Runoff (no offices on this website require a runoff) House CD 1: Tuesday 2 June 2015
✓ Primary: Tuesday 4 August 2015
✓ Primary Runoff: Tuesday 25 August 2015
✓ General Election: Tuesday 3 November 2015
Friday 27 February 2015 - Primary/Independent/Third/Minor.
Friday 27 March 2015 - Special Election Filing Deadline.
Tuesday 12 May 2015 - Special Non-partisan Election House CD 1. Polling hours 7:00a CDT (1200 UTC) to 7:00p CDT (0000 UTC).
Tuesday 2 June 2015 - Special Non-partisan Runoff (no offices on this website require a runoff) House CD 1. Polling hours 7:00a CDT (1200 UTC) to 7:00p CDT (0000 UTC).
Tuesday 4 August 2015 - Primary. Polling hours 7:00a CDT (1200 UTC) to 7:00p CDT (0000 UTC).
Tuesday 25 August 2015 - Primary Runoff. Polling hours 7:00a CDT (1200 UTC) to 7:00p CDT (0000 UTC).
Tuesday 3 November 2015 - General Election. Polling hours 7:00a CST (1300 UTC) to 7:00p CST (0100 UTC).
 
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 1 and 2)
Governor:1 
2010 Census:2,978,240 (0.96% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electoral Votes:6(1.12% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:4(0.92% of 435)
Capital:Jackson
 

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Mississippi State and Local Government

Mississippi 2016 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions:
Democrats   Republicans


If no candidate receives a majority of the vote in a partisan primary, the two top vote-getters proceed to a runoff. The candidate who receives the most votes in the runoff (aka second primary) shall be nominated as a Party's candidate for the office.

To win a State-based statewide office in the General election, a candidate must receive 50% or more of the vote and carry 62 or more of the 122 House districts. Otherwise, the House chooses between the top two vote-getters in January.


For special elections, all candidates run in a non-partisan primary. Party labels do not appear on the ballot. If no one receives a majority in the primary, the top 2 vote getters proceed to a non-partisan runoff.


On 19 January 2015 SB 2531 and HB 933 were introduced. These bills would move both the partisan and the Presidential Primary from the 2nd Tuesday in March to the 1st Tuesday in March.


2015 elections calendar.

Elections and Voting from the Mississippi Secretary of State.


4 August Primary Results from AP

3 November 2015 returns from http://www.picayuneitem.com/2015/11/election-update-2.

 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 114th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 1 Republican Senator Roger F. Wicker
Appointed 31 December 2007 to fill the vacancy caused by the 18 December 2007 resignation of Senator Trent Lott. First elected in a special election: 4 November 2008. Re-elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list
  Candidate Republican     Senator Roger F. Wicker
FEC S8MS00196

Class 2 Republican Senator Thad Cochran
First elected: 1978; re-elected: 1984, 1990, 1996, 2002, 2008, 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2011, 2015. Term Limit: No one can serve more than 2 4-year terms in a lifetime, All Governors

Chair up for regular election Republican Governor Phil Bryant
• Re-elected Tuesday 3 November 2015
First elected: 2011
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2015
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
Renominated - 4 August 2015 Primary
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic     Robert Gray
  Elected Republican     Governor Phil Bryant
  Candidate Reform     Shawn O'Hara

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2011, 2015

Seat up for regular election Republican Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves
• Re-elected Tuesday 3 November 2015
First elected: 2011
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2015
Renominated - 4 August 2015 Primary
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic     former state Senator Tim Johnson
formerly affiliated with the Republican Party
  Elected Republican     Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves
  Candidate Libertarian     Ron Williams
  Candidate Reform     Rosa A. Williams

114th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2016, 2018. No Term Limit. 114th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
3 Republican (3 Undetermined);
1 Democratic (1 Undetermined)

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 1 Republican Congressman John Trent "Trent" Kelly
First elected in a Special Election: 2 June 2015 (re: death of Congressman Patrick Alan "Alan" Nunnelee).
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 

Circa 30 January 2015, Congressman Alan Nunnelee (Republican) is in hospice care. "After 7 months of bravely fighting brain cancer and a stroke, Congressman Alan Nunnelee was informed ... that a new tumor has developed and no further medical treatment is possible...."
Congressman Patrick Alan "Alan" Nunnelee, 56, who was first elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2012 and 2014, passed away on 6 February 2015 from cancer. Within 60 days, Governor Phil Bryant will set a date for the special election to fill this vacant seat.
On 24 February 2015, Governor Phil Bryant (Republican) called a Tuesday 12 May 2015 Special Election to fill this vacant seat. All candidates run in a non-partisan Special Election. Party labels do not appear on the ballot. If no one receives a majority, the top 2 vote getters proceed to a Tuesday 2 June 2015 non-partisan runoff.
12 May 2015 Special Primary: The top-two vote getters, District Attorney John Trent "Trent" Kelly (Republican) 16.32% and Walter Howard Zinn, Jr. (Democratic) 17.36% proceed to the 2 June 2015 non-partisan runoff.
2 June 2015 non-partisan runoff: Won by John Trent "Trent" Kelly (Republican) with 70.07% of the vote.


Special Election - 113th Congress
CD 1
Seat up for special election
Special Election
Republican
Seat up for special election: Tuesday 12 May 2015
Special Election - Mississippi special elections are non-partisan. All candidates run in a non-partisan Tuesday 12 May 2015 Special Election. Party labels do not appear on the ballot. If no one receives a majority, the top 2 vote getters proceed to a Tuesday 2 June 2015 non-partisan runoff.

Certified returns from the Mississippi Secretary of State.

  Elected Independent; (Republican) 69,516 69.97% District Attorney John Trent "Trent" Kelly
Received 16.32% in the Tuesday 12 May 2015 special primary. Proceeds to 2 June 2015 Runoff

FEC H6MS01131; 30 Sep 15; Tot $608,972; Dsb $473,123
  Candidate Independent; (Democratic) 29,831 30.03% Walter Howard Zinn, Jr.
Received 17.36% in the Tuesday 12 May 2015 special primary. Proceeds to 2 June 2015 Runoff

FEC H6MS01255; 19 Nov 15; Tot $29,860; Dsb $29,823
    Independent; (Republican)     Boyce Adams - lost primary
Lost Tuesday 12 May 2015 special primary with 4.55%.

FEC H6MS01156; 30 Sep 15; Tot $526,765; Dsb $510,200
    Independent; (Republican)     Sam Adcock - lost primary
Lost Tuesday 12 May 2015 special primary with 4.54%.

FEC H6MS01214; 30 Sep 15; Tot $316,232; Dsb $304,960
    Independent; (Republican)     state Senator Nancy Adams Collins - lost primary
Lost Tuesday 12 May 2015 special primary with 4.53%.

FEC H6MS01164; 01 Jul 15; Tot $247,121; Dsb $247,121
    Independent; (Republican)     Edward Troy "Ed" "Doc" Holliday - lost primary
Lost Tuesday 12 May 2015 special primary with 4.48%.

FEC H6MS01206; 30 Sep 15; Tot $140,365; Dsb $139,438
    Independent; (Republican)     Roger Starner "Starner" Jones - lost primary
Lost Tuesday 12 May 2015 special primary with 7.92%.

FEC H6MS01198; 30 Jun 15; Tot $538,358; Dsb $538,358
    Independent; (Republican)     Itawamba County Prosecutor Michael P. "Chip" Mills, Jr. - lost primary
Lost Tuesday 12 May 2015 special primary with 7.83%.

FEC H6MS01180
    Independent; (Republican)     Gregory D. "Greg" Pirkle - lost primary
Lost Tuesday 12 May 2015 special primary with 8.10%.

FEC H6MS01172; 30 Sep 15; Tot $462,392; Dsb $462,392
    Independent; (Republican)     former Eupora Mayor Herman Henry "Henry" Ross, II - lost primary
Lost Tuesday 12 May 2015 special primary with 4.89%.

FEC H0MS01050; 30 Sep 15; Tot $107,933; Dsb $108,000
    Independent; (Republican)     Daniel Sparks - lost primary
Lost Tuesday 12 May 2015 special primary with 3.21%.

FEC H6MS01230
    Independent; (Republican)     Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert - lost primary
Lost Tuesday 12 May 2015 special primary with 12.74%.

FEC H6MS01149; 30 Sep 15; Tot $481,355; Dsb $474,520
    Independent; (Republican)     former Jackson City Councilor Robert Quentin "Quentin" Whitwell, Jr. - lost primary
Lost Tuesday 12 May 2015 special primary with 3.54%.

FEC H6MS01222; 30 Sep 15; Tot $206,140; Dsb $204,843
Total 99,347 100.00%  

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 2 Democratic Congressman Bennie G. Thompson
First elected in Special Election, 13 April 1993, re: resignation of Congressman Mike Espy, 21 January 1993
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman Bennie G. Thompson
FEC H4MS02068; 30 Sep 15; Tot $334,072; Dsb $296,464

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 3 Republican Congressman Gregg Harper
First elected: 2008
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Gregg Harper
FEC H8MS03067; 30 Sep 15; Tot $298,155; Dsb $282,579

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 4 Republican Congressman Steven McCarty Palazzo
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Steven McCarty Palazzo
FEC H0MS04120; 30 Sep 15; Tot $431,086; Dsb $178,921

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2011, 2015

Seat up for regular election Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann
• Re-elected Tuesday 3 November 2015
First elected: 2007; re-elected: 2011
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2015
Renominated - 4 August 2015 Primary
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic     Charles E. Graham
  Elected Republican     Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann
  Candidate Reform     Randy Walker

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2011, 2015

Seat up for regular election Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood
• Re-elected Tuesday 3 November 2015
First elected: 2003; re-elected: 2007, 2011
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2015
Renominated - 4 August 2015 Primary
 Candidate list
  Elected Democratic     Attorney General Jim Hood
  Candidate Republican     Mike Hurst

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2011, 2015

Seat up for regular election Republican Treasurer Lynn Fitch
• Re-elected Tuesday 3 November 2015
First elected: 2011
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2015
Renominated - 4 August 2015 Primary
 Candidate list
  Elected Republican     Treasurer Lynn Fitch
  Candidate Reform     Viola V. McFarland

Auditor of Public Accounts  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2011, 2015

Seat up for regular election Republican Auditor of Public Accounts Stacey E. Pickering
• Re-elected Tuesday 3 November 2015
First elected: 2007; re-elected: 2011
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2015
Renominated - 4 August 2015 Primary
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic     Jocelyn Jocelyn Pepper "Joce" Pritchett
  Elected Republican     Auditor of Public Accounts Stacey E. Pickering
  Candidate Reform     Lajena Walley

Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2011, 2015

Seat up for regular election Republican Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith
• Re-elected Tuesday 3 November 2015
First elected: 2011
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2015
Renominated - 4 August 2015 Primary
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic     Addie Lee Green
  Elected Republican     Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith
  Candidate Reform     Cathy L. Toole

Commissioner of Insurance  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2011, 2015

Seat up for regular election Republican Insurance Commissioner Michael Jackson "Mike" Chaney
• Re-elected Tuesday 3 November 2015
First elected: 2007; re-elected: 2011
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2015
Renominated - 4 August 2015 Primary
 Candidate list
  Elected Republican     Insurance Commissioner Michael Jackson "Mike" Chaney
 

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties
  Democratic (affiliates): 2 incumbents, 8 candidates
  Republican: 13 incumbents, 12 candidates
Major Third Parties
  Constitution (affiliates)
  Green (affiliates)
  Libertarian: 1 candidate
  Reform (affiliates): 6 candidates
Other Third Parties
  Justice Party
  Right to Life
  Unity
Independents
  Independent: 2 candidates
 
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.

"Apparently not a candidate" indicates that someone we once listed as a candidate for an elective office will not, in fact, be running for that office (primarily because said candidate is not listed on an official ballot provided by a jurisdiction's election authorities, where that candidate has not previously withdrawn his/her candidacy or otherwise indicated no longer [or even ever] being a candidate for that office).

Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.

"FEC" indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary.

When available, we post each candidate's FEC identification number, the date of their most recently filed Report of Receipts and Disbursements, their "Tot" [Total Receipts (contributions received or what came in: FEC Form 3, Line 16, Column B)] and their "Dsb" [Total Disbursements (expenditures or what was spent: FEC Form 3, Line 23, Column B)]. A link is provided to the Federal Election Commission's Summary Report for those who might wish to explore the details.

If a candidate raises or spends $5,000 or less, he or she is not subject to FEC reporting requirements.


Links Links to other web sites

Election Authority
  Mississippi Secretary of State
Legislature   Links to State Legislatures
  Mississippi House of Representatives
  Mississippi State Legislature
  Mississippi State Senate
Democratic
  Mississippi Democratic Party
  Mississippi Democratic Party (appears to be an older website)
Republican
  Mississippi Republican Party
Third Party
  Green Party of Mississippi
  Justice Party of Mississippi
  Libertarian Party of Mississippi
  Mississippi Right to Life
  The Constitution Party of Mississippi
  The Unity Party of Mississippi
Media & others
  djournal.com - Journal Publishing - Tupelo
  Jackson Free Press
  Madison County Journal - Ridgeland
  Magnolia Report
  Mississippi Business Journal
  NewsLink.org - Mississippi
  Picayune Item
  Politics1.com - Mississippi
  The Clarion-Ledger - Jackson
  The Democrat - Senatobia
  The Fayette Chronicle
  The Jackson Advocate - Jackson
  The Natchez Democrat
  The Neshoba Democrat - Philadelphia
  The Sun-Herald - Biloxi
  The Vicksburg Post
  WAPT TV - ABC - Jackson
  WCBI TV - CBS - Columbus
  WJTV TV - CBS - Jackson
  WLBT TV - NBC - Jackson
  WLOX TV - ABC - Biloxi - Gulfport - Pascagoula
  WTOK TV - ABC - Meridian
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