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Additionally, West Virginia is holding a special election following a court order. However, as the Lieutenant Governor of West Virginia is a title accorded to the legislator elected as Senate President, their 2011 election will not actually include a ballot line for the lieutenant governor.
Of the three states holding 2011 elections, each will have a slightly different procedure.
- Kentucky elects her governor and lieutenant governor on a shared ticket in both the primary and general, meaning the two elections are one and the same.
- Louisiana holds separate primary elections but puts the winners of each primary election on a shared ticket in the general election. Because of Louisiana's singular jungle primary system and its very late primary date in 2011, the race for governor and lieutenant governor may be distinct campaigns for most of the year.
- Mississippi runs two entirely separate elections through both the primary and the general.
- 'See also: Gubernatorial elections, 2011
Because of the combined nature of gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial elections in Kentucky, all candidates are attached to a gubernatorial candidate.
The state's lieutenant governor at the time of the 2011 election, Daniel Mongiardo, ran for and lost the Democratic primary for the Class III U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Rand Paul. Governor Steve Beshear chose as his running mate for 2011 Jerry Abramson, a former Louisville mayor.
Beshear and Abramson defeated both the Republican team of state Senate President David Williams and outgoing Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer and an independent candidate, trial attorney Gatewood Galbraith, and his running mate, Dea Riley.
Louisiana elects the governor and the lieutenant governor on a shared ticket in the general election only; the two offices have separate primary campaigns and elections. The state's current lieutenant governor, Republican Jay Dardenne, was first elected in a special election in 2010 and defeated Plaquesmines Parish President Billy Nungesser in the primary, winning election to a full four-year term.
The Mississippi lieutenant gubernatorial election of 2011 was held on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, following a primary held on August 2, 2011. It was an open election, as current Lieutenant Governor Phil Bryant, a Republican, ran successfully for Governor. No Democrats officially entered the race, and state treasurer Tate Reeves defeated Reform Party candidate Tracella Lou O'Hara Hill.