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Mississippi down ballot state executive elections, 2011

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Five down ballot state executive positions were up for election in Mississippi 2011. These included: treasurer, state auditor, Chairman of Public Service Commission, Commissioner of Insurance and Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce. The Primary election took place on August 2, 2011; the General election was held on November 8, 2011.

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The Mississippi Treasurer election of 2011 was held on November 8, 2011, while the primary was August 2, 2011. Tate Reeves, the current Mississippi State Treasurer, is a candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi in 2011.

In the general election contest, Republican Lynn Fitch defeated Democrat Connie Moran and Reform Party candidate Shawn O'Hara.

Mississippi Treasurer, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLynn Fitch 58.8% 513,132
     Democratic Connie Moran 38.2% 333,267
     Reform Shawn O'Hara 3% 26,421
Total Votes 872,820


Democrat Connie Moran did not face a primary challenger, while Republican Lynn Fitch faced a primary and a runoff primary. Shawn O'Hara initially filed to run on the Democratic ticket, but was refused by the state Democratic Party executive committee as he was already a Reform Party candidate for governor. According to state law a candidate can only run for one office at a time. O'Hara appealed the decision to the Mississippi Supreme Court but they refused to hear the request.[1] O'Hara eventually was removed from the gubernatorial ballot as he had filed to run for Treasurer as a Reform Party candidate.

August 23 runoff

Lynn Fitch and Lee Yancey met in a runoff for the Republican nomination on August 23. Fitch won with 53 percent of the vote.

Treasurer - Republican primary runoff results[2]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party ApprovedaLynn Fitch 53%
     Republican Party Lee Yancey 47%
Total Votes 156,006


August 2, 2011 primary

See also: Mississippi state executive official elections, 2011

A Republican primary took place on August 2. The candidates were as follows:


Treasurer -- Republican primary results
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party ApprovedaLynn Fitch 38%
     Republican Party Lucien Smith 29%
     Republican Party ApprovedaLee Yancey 34%
Total Votes 269,726


The Clarion-Ledger endorsed Fitch, citing her experience and qualifications.[3]

Y’all Politics predicted Smith would lead in votes, but that a runoff between him and one of the other two candidates would be necessary.[4]


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Lynn Fitch

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Lucien Smith

The Mississippi State Auditor election of 2011 was held on November 8, 2011. Since multiple candidates did not file, there was no primary on August 2, 2011.

In the general election contest, incumbent Republican Stacey Pickering defeated Reform Party candidate Ashley Norwood.

Mississippi Auditor, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngStacey Pickering Incumbent 75.6% 596,395
     Reform Ashley Norwood 24.4% 192,271
Total Votes 788,666


The Mississippi Public Service Commission elections of 2011 was held on November 8, 2011, with the primary on August 2, 2011. Elections were held for each of the three districts - Northern, Central, and Southern.

Northern District

November 8 general election

Incumbent Democrat Brandon Presley defeated Republican Boyce Adams in the general election.

Mississippi Public Service Commission (North/District 3), 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBrandon Presley Incumbent 55.8% 161,099
     Republican Boyce Adams 44.2% 127,557
Total Votes 288,656


August 2, 2011 primary

Two Republicans sought their party's nomination:

Adams easily defeated Cox.

Public Service -- Republican primary results
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Boyce Adams Approveda 65%
     Republican Party Marvin Cox 35%
Total Votes 55,174


Adams was endorsed by the Greenwood Commonwealth.[5]

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Central District

November 8 general election

Incumbent Republican Lynn Posey was unopposed for his party's nomination. Charles Barbour was slated to run but instead decided to run in Senate district 25. Posey was originally elected in 2007 as a Democrat, having only recently switched parties in December 2010. He defeated Democrat Addie Green in the general election. Independent candidate Danny Ayers had originally filed to run, but his name did not appear on the November ballot.

Mississippi Public Service Commission (Central/District 1), 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLynn Posey Incumbent 56.4% 157,675
     Democratic Addie Green 43.6% 121,653
Total Votes 279,328


August 2, 2011 primary

Two Democrats sought their party's nomination:

Green narrowly defeated Burton.

Public Service -- Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Bruce Burton 48%
     Democratic Party Addie Green Approveda 52%
Total Votes 102,433


Southern District

In a replay of the 2007 race, incumbent Republican Leonard Bentz defeated Democrat Mike Collier in the November 8 general election.[6]

Mississippi Public Service Commission (South/District 2), 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLeonard Bentz Incumbent 60.1% 178,804
     Democratic Mike Collier 39.9% 118,813
Total Votes 297,617


August 23 runoff

Blanton and Collier met in a runoff on August 23. An extremely close race, Collier won by 120 votes.

Public Service - Democratic primary runoff results[7]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party ApprovedaMike Collier 50%
     Democratic Party Thomas Blanton 50%
Total Votes 83,748


August 2, 2011 primary

Democrats saw a three way contest between Thomas Blanton, James Buckhaults, and Mike Collier. Since no candidate received 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote getters - Blanton and Collier - met in a runoff on August 23.

Public Service -- Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party ApprovedaThomas Blanton 34%
     Democratic Party James Buckhaults 27%
     Democratic Party ApprovedaMike Collier 38%
Total Votes 98,274


Incumbent Bentz defeated Rose to secure the Republican nomination.

Public Service -- Republican primary results
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Leonard Bentz Approveda 56%
     Republican Party Travis Rose 44%
Total Votes 112,805


The Mississippi Commissioner of Insurance election of 2011 was held on November 8, 2011. Since multiple candidate did not file, there was no primary on August 2, 2011.

In the general election contest, incumbent Republican Mike Chaney defeated Democrat Louis Fondren and Reform Party candidate Barbara Dale Washer.

Mississippi Commissioner of Insurance, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Chaney Incumbent 62% 538,008
     Democratic Louis Fondren 34.7% 301,185
     Reform Barbara Dale Washer 3.4% 29,200
Total Votes 868,393


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The Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce election of 2011 was held on November 8, 2011, while the primary was August 2, 2011. Incumbent Lester Spell is retiring, leaving a vacant seat.

In the general election, Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith defeated Democrat Joel Gill and Reform Party candidate Cathy L. Toole.

Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCindy Hyde-Smith 56.9% 493,417
     Democratic Joel Gill 40.6% 352,213
     Reform Cathy L. Toole 2.5% 21,347
Total Votes 866,977


August 2, 2011 primaries

See also: Mississippi state executive official elections, 2011

Current incumbent Republican Lester Spell is retiring in 2011, having served in the position since 1996.

The Republican primary was a three-way contest between state Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, state Representative Dannie Reed, and Max Phillips. Hyde-Smith won easily, taking 53 percent of the vote.


Commissioner of Agriculture -- Republican primary results
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith Approveda 53%
     Republican Party Rep. Dannie Reed 12%
     Republican Party Max Phillips 35%
Total Votes 268,421


The Clarion-Ledger endorsed Phillips,[8] while Hyde-Smith received the endorsement of Lester Spell and current Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan.[9]

Y’all Politics predicted a close race between Phillips and Hyde-Smith, with Phillips winning.[4]

Democrat Joel Gill and Reform Party candidate Cathy L. Toole did not face primary opposition.

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