Election 2011 – Mississippi Statewide Races
**UPDATED WITH PRIMARY RESULTS**
Primary – August 2 – State Voting Information
Haley Barbour, incumbent governor who was linked to a presidential run until nixing these rumors in April, is term-limited from running again. Waiting in the wings is lieutenant governor Phil Bryant. He will have to defeat four other Republicans to get to the general election – minister James Broadwater, Dave Dennis, Pear River Supervisor Hudson Holliday, and Ron Williams. Four Democrats are running – Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree, teacher Bill Compton, Bill Luckett and Guy Dale Shaw.
Phil Bryant easily won the Republican nomination with 59% of the vote. Dave Dennis came closest with 26% of the vote. Democrats will have a runoff after Johnny DuPree and Bill Luckett got 43% and 39% respectively.
No Democrat is running for Lieutenant Governor or Secretary of State. In the former, which is an open seat, Billy Hewes, the State Senate President and State Treasurer Tate Reeves will square off for this seat, often seen as a stepping stone to the governor’s mansion. The incumbent Secretary of State, Delbert Hosemann Jr. is being challenged by Ricky Dombrowski, a Gulf City Councilman.
Tate Reeves will be the next Lieutenant Governor after winning with 57% of the vote. Delbert Hosemann easily held onto his seat with 83% of the vote.
The lone Democrat holding statewide office is Attorney General Jim Hood who will face Steve Simpson in the general election in November. Republican State Auditor Stacey Pickering faces no Democratic opposition in November.
Three Republicans are hoping to replace the outgoing State Treasurer. Lynn Finch, the State Personnel Board Executive Director, Lucien Smith, a Barbour aide, and Lee Yancy, a State Senator will be squaring off to face Democrat Connie Moran, the mayor of Ocean Springs.
Lee Yancy and Lynn Finch will vie in a runoff after receiving 34% and 38% of the vote respectively.
Likewise, in the open seat for State Agriculture and Commerce Commissioner, three Republicans and one Democrat are standing for election. Republican State Reps. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Dannie Reed, along with Max Phillips, a farmer and frequent candidate are vying to face Democrat Joel Gill, an alderman in Pickens township.
Cindy Hyde-Smith won the nomination with 53% of the vote.
Last in this long list of statewide races is the State Insurance Commissioner. Incumbent Republican Mike Chaney will face Democrat and former State Rep. Louis Fondren.
Democrats hold the majority in the State House, 72-50 while Republicans control the Senate, 27-25