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Election wrap-up: Down ballot state executive races

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November 10, 2011

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.

Kentucky

Treasurer

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."[1]

Kentucky Treasurer, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTodd Hollenbach Incumbent 48.8% 393,413
     Republican K.C. Crosbie 46.6% 375,916
     Libertarian Ken Moellman 4.6% 37,261
Total Votes 806,590


Auditor

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.[2]

Kentucky Auditor, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAdam Edelen 55.8% 440,345
     Republican John T. Kemper III 44.2% 349,366
     Independent Kim C. Hay 0% 75
Total Votes 789,786


Agriculture Commissioner

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.[3] Comer stressed his win was due to the bipartisanship of his campaign organization and his experience in the field of agriculture.[4]

Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJames Comer, Jr. 63.8% 519,183
     Democratic Robert Farmer 36.2% 294,663
Total Votes 813,846


Mississippi

Treasurer

Republican Lynn Fitch easily defeated Democrat Connie Moran and Reform Party candidate Shawn O'Hara in the race for Treasurer.[5]

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


Auditor

Facing only Reform Party candidate Ashley Norwood, incumbent Republican Stacey Pickering was declared the winner early on in the night.[6]

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


Insurance Commissioner

Republican incumbent Mike Chaney easily won victory over attorney Louis Fondren (D) and Barbara Dale Washer (Reform).[7]

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


Agriculture Commissioner

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.[8]

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


Public Service Commission

Northern District

In the only down ballot race won by Democrats, incumbent Brandon Presley won a second term, defeating Republican Boyce Adams.

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


Central District

Incumbent Republican Brandon Presley won a second term, defeating Democrat Addie Green.

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


Southern District

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.”[9]

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


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References

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