Results are in: three state executive offices will face run-off elections

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August 3, 2011

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JACKSON, Mississippi:

The polls have closed and the (unofficial) primary results are in. Despite some clear wins, an August 23 runoff election will be held for three offices in which no one candidate earned more than 50% of the vote.

Runoff elections include:

  • Democratic Gubernatorial candidates
  • Republican Treasurer candidates
  • Democratic Public Commissioner candidates in the Southern District

The Central District Public Commissioner race remains very close. As of 10 am CT unofficial results indicate that Addie Green defeated Bruce Burton for the Democratic nomination in the Central District.

Stay tuned for updates as vote totals are finalized!
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Governor

With current governor Haley Barbour prevented, by term limits, from seeking a third consecutive term in office, each party had several candidates competing for a nomination.

Republican Phil Bryant, the current lieutenant governor, captured 59% of the vote, securing his seat in the general election in November. He defeated James Broadwater, Dave Dennis, Hudson Holliday, and Ron Williams.

Gubernatorial Republican Primary election
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party James Broadwater 1.2%
     Republican Party ApprovedaPhil Bryant 59.5%
     Republican Party Dave Dennis 25.7%
     Republican Party Hudson Holliday 4.7%
     Republican Party Ron Williams 8.8%
Total Votes 289,788


Four Democratic hopefuls were also on the ballot yesterday. No one candidate earned more than 50% of the vote, so a primary runoff election will be held on August 23 to determine the party's official nominee. Johnny DuPree, Mayor of Hattiesburg, earned 43% of the vote and attorney Bill Luckett, Jr. came in just behind him with 39%. The two will face each other in the runoff, and high school teacher William Bond Compton, Jr. and former tax assessor Guy Dale Shaw will not advance.

Gubernatorial Democratic Primary election
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party William Bond Compton, Jr. 9.8%
     Democratic Party ApprovedaJohnny DuPree 43.5%
     Democratic Party ApprovedaBill Luckett, Jr. 39.2%
     Democratic Party Guy Dale Shaw 7.3%
Total Votes 412,530

In Mississippi, a majority of the primary vote is required in order to advance to the general election. Because neither DuPree nor Luckett, Jr. won a clear majority, the two will faced off in a primary runoff on August 23. Dupree won that contest, and with that win earned the Democratic seat on the ballot in November.


Lieutenant Governor

The field is set for the lieutenant governor race, and no runoff election will be required. Tate Reeves captured 57% of the Republican primary, defeating state senator Billy Hewes. No Democratic candidates filed for the office, but Reeves will meet two Reform Party candidates in November.

Lieutenant Governor Republican Primary election
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Billy Hewes 43%
     Republican Party ApprovedaTate Reeves 57%
Total Votes


Secretary of State

Incumbent Delbert Hosemann easily defeated Gulfport councilman Richard "Ricky" Dombrowski in the Republican primary for secretary of state. Hosemann claimed 83% of the vote, while Dombrowski, who was unable to secure the support of his core Gulf Coast constituency, received only 17%. Dombrowski had, in large part, based his campaign around the incumbent's attempts to assert ownership over Gulfport's light watercraft harbor, which the town would then be forced to lease back from the state.

Hosemann will face only Reform Party candidate John Luke Pannell in the general election, as no Democrats have registered to run against him.

Secretary of State -- Republican primary results
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Delbert Hosemann Approveda 83%
     Republican Party Richard "Ricky" Dombrowski 17%
Total Votes 268,137


Attorney General

The race for attorney general saw no action yesterday, with incumbent Democrat Jim Hood and Republican challenger Steve Simpson both claiming their respective nominations unopposed.

Treasurer

With no candidate receiving over 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters - Lynn Fitch and Lee Yancey - will face each other again in a runoff election on August 23.[1] The winner will face Democrat Connie Moran and Reform Party candidate Jon McCarty in the general election.

Treasurer -- Republican primary results
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Lynn Fitch 38%
     Republican Party Approveda Lee Yancey 34%
     Republican Party Lucien Smith 29%
Total Votes 266,984

Agriculture and Commerce Commissioner

State Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith defeated Max Phillips and Dannie Reed to win the Republican nomination for Agriculture Commissioner.[2] She will face Democrat Joel Gill and Reform Party candidate Cathy L. Toole in the general election.

Commissioner of Agriculture -- Republican primary results
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith 53%
     Republican Party Rep. Dannie Reed 12%
     Republican Party Max Phillips 35%
Total Votes 265,635

Public Service Commission

Northern District

Boyce Adams defeated Marvin Cox to capture the Republican nomination for the Northern District of the Public Service Commission.[3] He will face incumbent Democrat Brandon Presley in the general election.

Public Service Northern District -- Republican primary results
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Boyce Adams 66%
     Republican Party Marvin Cox 34%
Total Votes 55,074

Central District

As of 10 am CT unofficial results indicate that Addie Green defeated Bruce Burton for the Democratic nomination in the Central District. Green will face incumbent Republican Lynn Posey and Independent Danny Ayers in the general election.

Public Service Central District -- Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Bruce Burton 48%
     Democratic Party Approveda Addie Green 52%
Total Votes 102,167

Southern District

Incumbent Leonard Bentz defeated Travis Rose to win the Republican primary, while a runoff will be necessary to determine the Democratic nominee.[3] Top two vote-getters Mike Collier and Thomas Blanton will face off again on August 23. Bentz and the winner of the runoff will meet in the general election.

Public Service Southern District -- Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Thomas Blanton 34%
     Democratic Party Approveda Mike Collier 38%
     Democratic Party James Buckhaults 27%
Total Votes 93,262
Public Service Southern District -- Republican primary results
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Leonard Bentz 56%
     Republican Party Travis Rose 44%
Total Votes 110,361

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