The Green Papers: Mississippi 2017 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
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


The primary is for the Democrats and 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.

 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 115th 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 (2)
  Candidate Democratic     Jensen Bohren
FEC S8MS00220
  Candidate Republican     Senator  Roger F. Wicker
FEC S8MS00196; 30 Jun 17; Tot $1,885,950; Dsb $373,368

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: 2015, 2019. Term Limit: No one can serve more than 2 4-year terms in a lifetime, All Governors

  Republican Governor  Phil Bryant
First elected: 2011; re-elected: 2015.
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 5 November 2019
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair - At term limit.

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2015, 2019

  Republican Lieutenant Governor  Tate Reeves
First elected: 2011; re-elected: 2015.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 5 November 2019
Open Seat - At term limit.

115th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2018, 2020. No Term Limit. 115th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
3 Republican (3 Undetermined);
1 Democratic (1 Undetermined)

Incumbent - 115th 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 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (3) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Carlton Elliott Smith
FEC H8MS01152
  Candidate Democratic     Randy MacK Wadkins
FEC H8MS01145; 30 Jun 17; Tot $26,868; Dsb $7,290
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  John Trent "Trent" Kelly
FEC H6MS01131; 30 Jun 17; Tot $226,147; Dsb $227,893

Incumbent - 115th 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 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (1) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman Bennie G. Thompson
FEC H4MS02068; 30 Jun 17; Tot $221,674; Dsb $169,242

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 3 Republican Congressman  Gregg Harper
First elected: 2008
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (1) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Gregg Harper
FEC H8MS03067; 30 Jun 17; Tot $136,100; Dsb $133,593

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 4 Republican Congressman Steven McCarty Palazzo
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 Candidate list (3) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Jeramey DeWayne Anderson
FEC H8MS04438
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Steven McCarty Palazzo
FEC H0MS04120; 30 Jun 17; Tot $189,625; Dsb $155,504
  Candidate Prohibition Party     Bill Bayes

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2015, 2019

  Republican Secretary of State  Delbert Hosemann
First elected: 2007; re-elected: 2011, 2015
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 5 November 2019

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2015, 2019

  Democratic Attorney General  Jim Hood
First elected: 2003; re-elected: 2007, 2011, 2015
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 5 November 2019

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2015, 2019

  Republican Treasurer  Lynn Fitch
First elected: 2011; re-elected: 2015.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 5 November 2019

Auditor of Public Accounts  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2015, 2019

  Republican Auditor of Public Accounts  Stacey E. Pickering
First elected: 2007; re-elected: 2011, 2015
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 5 November 2019

Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2015, 2019

  Republican Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce  Cindy Hyde-Smith
First elected: 2011; re-elected: 2015.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 5 November 2019

Commissioner of Insurance  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2015, 2019

  Republican Insurance Commissioner Michael Jackson "Mike" Chaney
First elected: 2007; re-elected: 2011, 2015
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 5 November 2019
 

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, 5 candidates
  Republican: 12 incumbents, 4 candidates
Major Third Parties
  Constitution (affiliates)
  Green (affiliates)
  Libertarian
Other Third Parties
  Justice Party
  Prohibition Party (affiliates): 1 candidate
  Right to Life
  Unity
 
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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