Election wrap-up: Down ballot state executive races
By Greg Janetka
Single parties dominated the down ballot races in Kentucky and Mississippi, with incumbents winning all six of the seats they were seeking. Democrats in Kentucky lost only the race for Agriculture Commissioner, while Republicans in Mississippi took every seat except for the Northern District of the Public Service Commission. In a historic outcome, women will hold two of the eight statewide offices for the first time in Mississippi state history.
In the only close race of the night Democratic incumbent Todd Hollenbach took 49 percent of the vote, defeating Republican Lexington City Councilwoman K.C. Crosbie and Libertarian Ken Moellman. Hollenbach called the results "a victory for those people who believe in effective, efficient, affordable and accountable government."
|Kentucky Treasurer, 2011|
|Democratic||Todd Hollenbach Incumbent||48.8%||393,413|
Democrat Adam Edelen, the former chief of staff to Gov. Steve Beshear, easily defeated Republican Lexington developer John T. Kemper III. Edelen outraised Kemper $659,848 to $37,450. "We had the resources and the energy to take this campaign to every corner of the state, and we took a message that government ought to be as good as its people, that it ought to operate cleanly and efficiently and honestly. Folks clearly responded," Edelen stated.
|Kentucky Auditor, 2011|
|Republican||John T. Kemper III||44.2%||349,366|
|Independent||Kim C. Hay||0%||75|
Republican state Rep. James Comer, Jr. denied Democrats a clean sweep of executive official elections by soundly defeating marketing professional Robert Farmer. Comer raised over $500,000 in the race, dwarfing Farmer who raised over $133,000. Comer stressed his win was due to the bipartisanship of his campaign organization and his experience in the field of agriculture.
|Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture, 2011|
|Republican||James Comer, Jr.||63.8%||519,183|
|Mississippi Treasurer, 2011|
|Mississippi Auditor, 2011|
|Republican||Stacey Pickering Incumbent||75.6%||596,395|
|Mississippi Commissioner of Insurance, 2011|
|Republican||Mike Chaney Incumbent||62%||538,008|
|Reform||Barbara Dale Washer||3.4%||29,200|
Republican State Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith easily defeated Pickens mayor Joel Gill (D) and Reform Party candidate Cathy L. Toole. Hyde-Smith served in the Senate as a Democrat until switching parties in December of last year.
|Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture, 2011|
|Reform||Cathy L. Toole||2.5%||21,347|
|Mississippi Public Service Commission (North/District 3), 2011|
|Democratic||Brandon Presley Incumbent||55.8%||161,099|
|Mississippi Public Service Commission (Central/District 1), 2011|
|Republican||Lynn Posey Incumbent||56.4%||157,675|
Taking 60 percent of the vote, Republican incumbent Leonard Bentz won re-election, defeating Mike Collier (D). The two previously met in the 2007 race, where Bentz won with 55.9 percent. Thanking his supporters Bentz stated, “I will continue my common sense approach to regulation.”
|Mississippi Public Service Commission (South/District 2), 2011|
|Republican||Leonard Bentz Incumbent||60.1%||178,804|
- Kentucky state executive elections (overview):
- Mississippi state executive elections (overview):
- Herald-Leader, "State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach wins tight re-election race over KC Crosbie," November 9, 2011
- Herald-Leader, "Democrat Adam Edelen of Lexington easily defeats John Kemper for auditor," November 9, 2011
- Courier-Journal, "James Comer Jr. defeats Bob Farmer for Kentucky agriculture commissioner," November 9, 2011
- Cincinnati.com, "Comer is new agriculture commissioner," November 8, 2011
- Clarion Ledger, "Women make inroads in statewide races," November 9, 2011
- Gulf Live, "Reeves, Chaney, Pickering declared early winners in general election," November 8, 2011
- WAPT, "Chaney Wins Re-Election As Insurance Commissioner," November 8, 2011
- The Republic, "Hyde-Smith elected Miss. agriculture commissioner," November 8, 2011
- Sun Herald, "Voters elect King Transportation Commissioner, Bentz for PSC," November 9, 2011