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James Broadwater

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James Broadwater was a Republican candidate for Governor of Mississippi in the 2011 elections. He lost in the primary to Phil Bryant.


Broadwater is an author, small business owner, ordained minister, and Tea Party activist. He worked previously in education, and is a veteran of the Mississippi National Guard.[1]


On his campaign website, Broadwater identifies himself as a Christian, Tea Party activist, conservative, and Republican.[2] He also outlines his positions on several key issues:

  • Pro-life: "I believe in protecting all innocent human life from conception to natural death, and I will issue an Executive Order on day one banning abortion in Mississippi, and will also continue my support of the Mississippi Personhood Amendment, which will be on the ballot in November 2011!"[3]

  • Marriage and family: "Marriage is between one man and one woman only, and the family is the foundational unit of government. I will stand for marriage, and stand against homosexuality."[3]
  • Our Second Amendment Gun Rights: "As a person who believes in protection against a potentially over-reaching government and also an avid hunter, I firmly believe in our right to keep and bear arms and I will fight to protect it."[3]
  • Illegal immigration: "We know that people who are here illegally are putting a burden on our state economy, our hospitals, our schools, our law enforcement professionals, and our prison system. As they say, I love LEGAL immigrants -- I married one! But if elected, I will enforce all of our laws, and that includes using all the means at my disposal to stop illegal aliens from coming in and to force the ones who are here to leave, including use of the Mississippi Army and Air National Guard, SWAT teams, snipers, K-9 units, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, airplane and helicopter recon, and the Civil Air Patrol."[3]

  • The "Mississippi FairTax": "I support what I call a Mississippi version of the "FairTax," which will do away with every tax except for the state sales tax, lower it from seven percent to five percent like it was when I was a kid, leave more money in people's pockets, and increase state revenues."[3]


  • A.A., accounting, Mississippi Delta Community College
  • B.S., history, University of Southern Mississippi
  • MDiv, Southern California Campus of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary




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


Broadwater and his wife, Lelane, live in Byram and have one son.

See also

State Executive elections

MississippiWest Virginia

GubernatorialLt. Governor
Attorney GeneralSecretary of State
Down ballot offices: (KY, LA, MS)


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