March 9 – Mississippi State Senate District 36
After the initial free-for-all vote in this rural Mississippi State Senate District, two candidates emerged. Democrat Albert Butler is the favorite in this traditionally Democratic seat and he hopes, without a website or very much campaign infrastructure that the tilt of the district will deliver it into his hands. Jimmy Strong is the Republican nominee and has a website here. He owns and operates a cattle and timber farm in the north of Copiah County, which comprises this State Senate district.
Democrats are defending the seat and hold a precarious 26-25 advantage in the chamber with this one vacancy.
Not too far from Jackson, Mississippi, Copiah County is largely rural with a population of only 29,000 people. It is known for producing tomatoes (it holds a Tomato Festival every year and yes, a Tomato Queen is crowned at this event). The area is racially split as well, 51% African American and 48% White, and is relatively poor with a median household income of $26,358.