The Green Papers: Mississippi 2018 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
✓ Primary: Tuesday 5 June 2018
✓ Runoff - US Senate 1-D, US House 3-R: Tuesday 26 June 2018
General Election/Special Election Senate Class 2: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Special Election Runoff Senate Class 2: Tuesday 27 November 2018
Thursday 1 March 2018 - Filing Deadline - Primary/Independent/Third/Minor.
Tuesday 24 April 2018 - Filing Deadline - Special Senate Class 2 Election.
Tuesday 5 June 2018 - Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p CDT (1200-0000 UTC).
Tuesday 26 June 2018 - Runoff - US Senate 1-D, US House 3-R. Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p CDT (1200-0000 UTC).
Tuesday 6 November 2018 - General Election/Special Election Senate Class 2. Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p CST (1300-0100 UTC).
Tuesday 27 November 2018 - Special Election Runoff Senate Class 2. Polling hours reportedly 7:00a-7:00p CST (1300-0100 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


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.


2018 elections calendar from the State Board of Elections.

2018 Candidate Qualifying List from the State Board of Elections.

5 June 2018:
Results from The New York Times
Results from Politico.

Since no candidate received a majority of the vote in the 5 June primary, a 26 June runoff will be held between the two top vote-getters:
U.S. Senate Class 1 Democratic
U.S. House CD 3 Republican

26 June 2018: Primary Runoff Sample Ballots from the State Board of Elections.

26 June 2018 Runoff
Results from The New York Times.
Results from Politico.


North Carolina Runoff aka Second Primary. No offices covered by this website require runoffs.


6 November 2018 General Election
SAMPLE Official Election Ballot from the State Board of Elections.

 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 115th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 1
Seat up for regular election
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
Renominated
 Candidate list (4)
  Candidate Democratic     state Representative  David Wayne Baria
Proceeds to Runoff, 26 June 2018

FEC S8MS00253; 30 Jun 18; Tot $532,629; Dsb $528,325
  Candidate Republican     Senator  Roger F. Wicker
FEC S8MS00196; 30 Jun 18; Tot $5,349,028; Dsb $3,831,418
  Candidate Libertarian     Danny Bedwell
FEC S8MS00337
  Candidate Reform     Shawn O'Hara
FEC S4MS00062

Class 2 Republican Senator  Cindy Hyde-Smith
Appointed: 1 April 2018 [re: the resignation of Senator Thad Cochran (Republican)]
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
  
Senator Thad Cochran (Republican), who was first elected in 1978; and re-elected in 1984, 1990, 1996, 2002, 2008, and 2014, announced his intention to resign from the U.S. Senate effective 1 April 2018 "... I regret my health has become an ongoing challenge ..."
On 21 March 2018, Governor Phil Bryant (Republican) announced that upon Senator Cochran's resignation, he will appoint state Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith (Republican) to the Senate Class 2 Seat.
1 April 2018: Senator Thad Cochran resigns.
3 April 2018: Governor Phil Bryant (Republican) set 6 November 2018 as the date for the Special U.S. Senate election. If no one receives a majority in the primary, the top 2 vote getters proceed to a 27 November non-partisan runoff. For special elections, all candidates run in a non-partisan primary. Party labels do not appear on the ballot. The filing deadline is 24 April.

Class 2
Seat up for special election
Special Election
Republican
Seat up for special election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Special Election - Caused by the 1 April 2018 resignation of Senator Thad Cochran (Republican)
 Candidate list (4)
  Candidate Nonpartisan     Tobey Bernard Bartee
FEC S8MS00295
  Candidate Nonpartisan; (Democratic)     former Congressman  Alphonso Michael "Mike" Espy
First elected to the U.S. House: 1986. Re-elected 1988, 1990, 1992. Resigned: 22 January 1993 after having been appointed Secretary of Agriculture by President William J. "Bill" Clinton. Served as Secretary of Agriculture: 1993-1994.

FEC S8MS00287; 30 Jun 18; Tot $408,236; Dsb $126,760
  Candidate Nonpartisan; (Republican)     Senator  Cindy Hyde-Smith
FEC S8MS00261; 30 Jun 18; Tot $1,654,032; Dsb $264,232
  Candidate Nonpartisan; (Republican)     state Senator  Christopher Brian "Chris" McDaniel
FEC S4MS00120; 30 Jun 18; Tot $327,263; Dsb $171,208
 3 April 2018: Governor Phil Bryant (Republican) set 6 November 2018 as the date for the Special U.S. Senate election. If no one receives a majority in the primary, the top 2 vote getters proceed to a 27 November non-partisan runoff. For special elections, all candidates run in a non-partisan primary. Party labels do not appear on the ballot. The filing deadline is 24 April.

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.
 Candidate list (1)
  Candidate Republican     Petal Mayor  Hal Marx

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.
 Candidate list (2)
  Candidate Democratic     state Representative  Jay Hughes
  Candidate Republican     Secretary of State  Delbert Hosemann
8 March 2018: Running for Lieutenant Governor in 2019.

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

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 1
Seat up for regular election
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
Renominated
 Candidate list (3) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Randy MacK Wadkins
FEC H8MS01145; 30 Jun 18; Tot $124,019; Dsb $68,054
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  John Trent "Trent" Kelly
FEC H6MS01131; 30 Jun 18; Tot $654,855; Dsb $689,210
  Candidate Reform     Tracella Lou O'Hara Hill
FEC H4MS04080

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 2
Seat up for regular election
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
Renominated
 Candidate list (3) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman  Bennie G. Thompson
FEC H4MS02068; 30 Jun 18; Tot $681,016; Dsb $549,714
  Candidate Reform     Irving Harris
FEC H8MS02069
  Candidate Independent     Troy Ray

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 3
Seat up for regular election
Open
Republican Congressman  Gregg Harper
First elected: 2008
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Seat - 4 January 2018: Not seeking re-election.
 ** Open Seat (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list (3) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     state Representative  Michael Ted Evans
FEC H8MS03216
  Candidate Republican     District Attorney Michael Patrick Guest
Proceeds to Runoff, 26 June 2018

FEC H8MS03125; 30 Jun 18; Tot $612,931; Dsb $596,938
  Candidate Reform     Matthew Holland
FEC H8MS03208

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 4
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Steven McCarty Palazzo
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (3) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     state Representative  Jeramey DeWayne Anderson
FEC H8MS04438; 30 Jun 18; Tot $76,561; Dsb $65,909
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Steven McCarty Palazzo
FEC H0MS04120; 30 Jun 18; Tot $592,902; Dsb $466,496
  Candidate Reform     Lajena Sheets
FEC H6MS03194

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
Open Seat - 8 March 2018: Running for Lieutenant Governor in 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
 Candidate list (2)
  Candidate Republican     state Representative  Mark Baker
  Candidate Republican     Treasurer  Lynn Fitch

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
Running for Attorney General in 2018.
 Candidate list (1)
  Candidate Republican     David McRae

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

  Republican Auditor of Public Accounts  Shadrack "Shad" White
Appointed 6 July 2018 [re: 15 July resignation of Stacey E. Pickering]
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 5 November 2019
 6 July 2018: Governor Phil Bryant (Republican) appointed Shad White (Republican) to fill the remainder of the term when the office becomes vacant.
Auditor of Public Accounts Stacey E. Pickering (Republican), who was first elected in 2007 and re-elected in 2011 and 2015, resigned on 15 July 2018 to become head of the Mississippi Veterans Affairs Board.

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

  Republican Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce  Andy Gipson
Appointed: 2 April 2018 [re: resignation of Cindy Hyde-Smith (Republican) who was appointed by Governor Phil Bryant (Republican) to the U.S. Senate Class 2 seat.]
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 5 November 2019
 21 March 2018: Governor Phil Bryant (Republican) announced that upon Senator Thad Cochran's (Republican) 1 April resigation, he will appoint state Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith (Republican) to the Senate Class 2 Seat.
2 April 2018: Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith (Republican), who was first elected in 2011 and re-elected in 2015, resigned.
29 March 2018: Governor Phil Bryant (Republican) named state Representative Andy Gipson (Republican) as Mississippi's Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce. He will serve the remainder of the current term which ends in January 2020.
2 April 2018: Andy Gipson is sworn as Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce.

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   Those parties which received electoral votes through winning a plurality of a state's [or the District of Columbia's] popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Democratic (affiliates): 2 incumbents, 7 candidates
  Republican: 13 incumbents, 11 candidates
Major Third Parties   Any Party, other than a Major Party, receiving a minimum of 15/100ths of 1 percent of the nationwide popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Constitution (affiliates)
  Green (affiliates)
  Libertarian: 1 candidate
  Reform (affiliates): 5 candidates
Other Third Parties
  Justice Party
  Right to Life
  Unity
Independents
  Independent: 1 candidate
  Nonpartisan: 4 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.

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 (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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