Mississippi attorney general election, 2011

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The Mississippi Attorney General election of 2011 was held on November 8, 2011. Incumbent Democrat Jim Hood defeated Republican challenger Steve Simpson.

Background

Incumbent Democrat Jim Hood announced he would seek a third term in March 2010, a year and eight months before the fact.[1] Hood's announcement dispelled suspicions he would attempt to replace popular but term-limited Governor Haley Barbour. In a statement, Hood said that his decision "will allow [him] to continue our hunt for child pornographers and Internet predators; to protect our elderly citizens; and to shield our residents from corporate wrongdoers."[2]

Republican public safety commissioner Steve Simpson announced his candidacy on January 14, 2011.[3] Several weeks later, he resigned from his position as commissioner in response to speculation that his candidacy violated the federal Hatch Act, which prohibits appointed state executives that administer federally funded programs from running in a partisan political campaign.[4]

November 8, 2011 general election

Attorney General of Mississippi, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Hood Incumbent 61.1% 536,827
     Republican Steve Simpson 38.9% 342,086
Total Votes 878,913


Candidates

Republican Party Republican Party - Former Mississippi public safety commissioner Steve Simpson
Democratic Party Democratic Party - Incumbent Jim Hood

Commercials

Jim Hood

Polling

An April poll by Public Policy polling, the first of the race, showed incumbent Hood with a substantial lead over Simpson, his Republican opponent

Date of Poll Pollster Steve Simpson (R) Jim Hood (D) Undecided Number polled
Apr. 6-8, 2011[5] Public Policy Polling 32% 49% 19% 817

August 2, 2011 primaries

See also: Mississippi state executive official elections, 2011

Donkey symbol.png Democratic primary

Candidates

  • Incumbent Jim Hood has confirmed that he will seek re-election to a third term.[6]

Gop logo2.jpg Republican primary

Candidates

  • Former Public Service Commissioner Steve Simpson announced he would run on January 14, 2011.[7]

Endorsements

Steve Simpson
  • Gulf Coast 9-12 Project[8]

Polling

No significant polling has occurred in the primary race for attorney general, as both candidates are running unopposed.

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Republican candidates

Democratic candidates

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