Mississippi attorney general election, 2011

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Main article: Mississippi state executive official elections, 2011

The Mississippi Attorney General election of 2011 was held on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, following a primary on August 2, 2011. Mississippi is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Voters do not have to register with a party, but they must intend to support the party nominations if they vote in the primary election.[1]

Incumbent Democrat Jim Hood defeated Republican challenger Steve Simpson in the general election to win a third term as the state's attorney general.

Race background

In March 2010, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat first elected in 2003, announced his plans to seek re-election again in 2011.[2] Hood's announcement dispelled suspicions he would attempt to replace the popular but term-limited Republican incumbent Haley Barbour as Governor of Mississippi. In a statement, Hood said that his decision would "allow [him] to continue our hunt for child pornographers and Internet predators; to protect our elderly citizens; and to shield our residents from corporate wrongdoers."[3]

Republican public safety commissioner Steve Simpson announced his candidacy on January 14, 2011.[4] Several weeks later, he resigned from his commissioner's post in response to speculation that his candidacy violated the federal Hatch Act, which prohibits appointed state executives whose duties include administering federally funded programs from running in a partisan political campaign.[5]

General election


Attorney General of Mississippi, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Hood Incumbent 61.1% 536,827
     Republican Steve Simpson 38.9% 342,086
Total Votes 878,913


Republican Party Former Mississippi public safety commissioner Steve Simpson
Democratic Party Incumbent Jim Hood

Primary election

See also: Mississippi state executive official elections, 2011

Democratic primary

Incumbent Jim Hood ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination.[6]

Republican primary

Former Public Service Commissioner Steve Simpson ran unopposed for the Republican nomination.[7] Simpson's candidacy was endorsed by Gulf Coast 9-12 Project.[8]

Campaign media

Jim Hood


An April 2011 poll by Public Policy Polling, the first of the race, showed incumbent Hood with a substantial lead over Republican opponent Steve Simpson.

Date of Poll Pollster Steve Simpson (R) Jim Hood (D) Undecided Number polled
Apr. 6-8, 2011[9] Public Policy Polling 32% 49% 19% 817

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
Mar. 1 Declaration of candidacy
June 18 Absentee voting begins for the primary election
July 2 Voter registration (in person) for the primary
July 3 Voter registration (postmark on a mailed application) for the primary
Aug. 2 Primary election
Aug. 23 Runoff primary election, if required
Sept. 2 Certification of results for primary
Sept. 24 Absentee voting begins for the general election
Oct. 8 Voter registration (in person) for the general election
Oct. 9 Voter registration (postmark on a mailed application) for the general election
Nov. 8 General election
Nov. 29 Runoff general election, if required
Dec. 8 Certification of results for general election

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