State executive official elections, 2015

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Primary dates:
Kentucky:
May 19, 2015
Mississippi:
August 4, 2015
Louisiana:
October 24, 2015

General election dates:
Kentucky and Mississippi:
November 3, 2015
Runoff date for Louisiana
(if necessary):

November 21, 2015

Three states are holding elections for 25 state executive seats in 2015. Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi have scheduled elections in 2015. The 2015 election cycle is relatively light on offices up for election compared to 2014, when 225 seats were up for election in 43 states.

Kentucky and Mississippi are holding their general elections on November 3, 2015, following primaries earlier in the year. Louisiana is holding a blanket primary on October 24, 2015, with a runoff election scheduled for November 21, 2015, in races where candidates do not receive 50 percent of the vote. In a runoff election, the top two candidates advance from the primary to determine a winner.

Gubernatorial races in 2015

There are three gubernatorial seats up for election in 2015:

  • Kentucky: Democratic Party Steve Beshear cannot run for re-election due to term limits.[1] Beshear was first elected in 2007 and defeated Republican challenger David Williams by 20.4 percent in 2011.
  • Louisiana: Republican Party Bobby Jindal cannot run for re-election due to term limits.[2] Jindal was first elected in 2007 and won re-election in 2011 by 47.9 percent over Democratic challenger Tara Hollis and eight other challengers.
  • Mississippi: Republican Party Phil Bryant is eligible for re-election in 2015. Bryant was first elected in 2011, when he defeated Democratic challenger Johnny DuPree by 22 percent.

Lieutenant gubernatorial elections

There are also three lieutenant gubernatorial seats on the ballot in 2015. Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi will hold lieutenant gubernatorial elections. Each state will have a different procedure for selecting a lieutenant governor:

  • Kentucky elects the governor and lieutenant governor on a shared ticket in both the primary and general elections, with both seats on the same ballot line in each election.
  • Louisiana holds separate primary elections but places the winner of each party's gubernatorial primary with the lieutenant gubernatorial primary winner on a shared ticket in the general election.
  • Mississippi runs separate elections in both the primary and the general elections.

Offices up for election

Other offices up for election in 2015 include:

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2015 State Executive Primary Information
State Signature Filing Deadline Primary Date Notes/Costs for candidates Days between Deadline and Primary
Kentucky 1/27/2015 5/19/2015 112
Louisiana 9/10/2015 10/24/2015 44
Mississippi 2/27/2015 8/4/2015 158


State Executive Official Election Information, 2015
Office State Incumbent Incumbent Party Incumbent Running? 2015 Winner Partisan switch?
Governor Kentucky Steve Beshear Democratic Party Democratic Term limited Pending Pending
Lieutenant Governor Kentucky Crit Luallen Democratic Party Democratic No Pending Pending
Attorney General Kentucky Jack Conway Democratic Party Democratic Running for governor Pending Pending
Secretary of State Kentucky Alison Lundergan Grimes Democratic Party Democratic Pending Pending Pending
Auditor Kentucky Adam Edelen Democratic Party Democratic Yes Pending Pending
Treasurer Kentucky Todd Hollenbach Democratic Party Democratic Term limited Pending Pending
Commissioner of Agriculture Kentucky James Comer, Jr. Republican Party Republican Running for governor Pending Pending
Governor Louisiana Bobby Jindal Republican Party Republican Term limited Pending Pending
Lieutenant Governor Louisiana Jay Dardenne Republican Party Republican Pending Pending Pending
Attorney General Louisiana Buddy Caldwell Republican Party Republican Pending Pending Pending
Secretary of State Louisiana Tom Schedler Republican Party Republican Pending Pending Pending
Treasurer Louisiana John Neely Kennedy Republican Party Republican Pending Pending Pending
Agriculture Commissioner Louisiana Michael Strain Republican Party Republican Yes Pending Pending
Insurance Commissioner Louisiana James Donelon Republican Party Republican Pending Pending Pending
Governor Mississippi Phil Bryant Republican Party Republican Pending Pending Pending
Lieutenant Governor Mississippi Tate Reeves Republican Party Republican Pending Pending Pending
Attorney General Mississippi Jim Hood Democratic Party Democratic Pending Pending Pending
Secretary of State Mississippi Delbert Hosemann Republican Party Republican Pending Pending Pending
Auditor Mississippi Stacey Pickering Republican Party Republican Pending Pending Pending
Treasurer Mississippi Lynn Fitch Republican Party Republican Pending Pending Pending
Agriculture Commissioner Mississippi Cindy Hyde-Smith Republican Party Republican Pending Pending Pending
Insurance Commissioner Mississippi Mike Chaney Republican Party Republican Pending Pending Pending
Public Service Commission, Central District Mississippi Lynn Posey Republican Party Republican Pending Pending Pending
Public Service Commission, Northern District Mississippi Brandon Presley Democratic Party Democratic Pending Pending Pending
Public Service Commission, Southern District Mississippi Steve Renfroe Independent N/A No Pending Pending

Kentucky

See also: Voting in Kentucky

Voters in Kentucky can register to vote by printing off a voter registration card and mailing the completed card to the Kentucky State Board of Elections. A voter registration card can also be obtained from a county clerk.[3]

Applicants must identify their party registration on the card. Voters who identify as unaffiliated or as a third-party registrant can only vote in nonpartisan races during partisan primaries. Unaffiliated and third-party voters can vote for any candidate during general or special elections. Registered voters may switch party affiliation by December 31st without jeopardizing their registration for elections in the following year.[3]

The following criteria must be met to qualify as a registered voter in Kentucky:[3]

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UncheckedBox.jpg At least 18 years of age by the next general election
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UncheckedBox.jpg Do not claim the right to vote in other states

Louisiana

See also: Voting in Louisiana

Voters in Louisiana can register to vote by filling out an online application. The online form can be submitted electronically if the applicant uses a driver's license as the required form of identification. Applicants can also print out their online forms and mail to their parish registrars.[4]

Louisiana also offers myriad locations for in-person registration up to 30 days prior to an election. These locations include parish registrars, offices of the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles or the Louisiana Department of Social Services, food stamp offices and recruitment offices for any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. Applicants can use their drivers' licenses, birth certificates, utility bills or government-issued documents with name and current address as valid forms of identification.[4]

Voters must meet the following qualifications to vote in Louisiana:[4]

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UncheckedBox.jpg At least 18 years old by the next election
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UncheckedBox.jpg Not under order of imprisonment for felony conviction
UncheckedBox.jpg Have not been judged "mentally incompetent" in court

Mississippi

See also: Voting in Mississippi

Voters in Mississippi can register to vote by filling out registration forms at county clerk offices. The Mississippi Secretary of State also offers a mail-in application that must be accompanied by a copy of a government-issued photo ID, utility bill, paycheck or bank statement. The Mississippi Department of Public Safety is also capable of handling voter registration as part of driver's license applications. Residents can register to vote up to 30 days prior to the next election.[5]

The following qualifications must met to successfully register to vote in Mississippi:[5]

UncheckedBox.jpg U.S. citizenship
UncheckedBox.jpg At least 18 years old by the next general election
UncheckedBox.jpg Residency in Mississippi and county of registration for at least 30 days
UncheckedBox.jpg Not under order of imprisonment for felony conviction
UncheckedBox.jpg Have not been judged "mentally incompetent" in court

The following tables detail margins of victory for state executive elections in Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi from 2003 to 2011. A cell with a "-" indicates an unopposed race.

Kentucky

The partisan composition of state executive seats changed from an even split of three Democrats and three Republicans in 2003 to a five-to-one advantage for Democrats in 2011. The margin of victory expanded from 2003 to 2011 in races for governor and secretary of state.

Margin of victory analysis, 2003-2011
State Office 2011 margin of victory (%) Party of winning candidate, 2011 2007 margin of victory (%) Party of winning candidate, 2007 2003 margin of victory (%) Party of winning candidate, 2003
Kentucky Governor/Lieutenant Governor 20.4 Democratic Party 17.4 Democratic Party 10 Republican Party
Kentucky Attorney General 10.1 Democratic Party 21 Democratic Party 0.6 Democratic Party
Kentucky Secretary of State 21.3 Democratic Party 14.2 Republican Party 5 Republican Party
Kentucky Auditor 10.5 Democratic Party 18.4 Democratic Party 1.6 Democratic Party
Kentucky Treasurer 2.1 Democratic Party 15 Democratic Party 13.2 Democratic Party
Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture 27.5 Republican Party 28 Republican Party 10.4 Republican Party

Louisiana

The partisan composition of state executive seats changed from a five-to-two advantage for Democrats in 2003 to a complete sweep by Republicans in 2011. There were two unopposed statewide seats each in the 2007 and 2011 elections.

Margin of victory analysis, 2003-2011
State Office 2011 margin of victory (%) Party of winning candidate, 2011 2007 margin of victory (%) Party of winning candidate, 2007 2003 margin of victory (%) Party of winning candidate, 2003
Louisiana Governor 47.9 Republican Party 36.4 Republican Party 3.9 Democratic Party
Louisiana Lieutenant Governor 6.5 Republican Party 26.3 Democratic Party 33.1 Democratic Party
Louisiana Attorney General - Republican Party 33.2 Democratic Party 7.1 Democratic Party
Louisiana Secretary of State 0.9 Republican Party 32.1 Republican Party 49.9 Republican Party
Louisiana Treasurer - Republican Party - Republican Party - Republican Party
Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture 38.7 Republican Party - Republican Party 31.3 Democratic Party
Louisiana Insurance Commissioner 34.9 Republican Party 15.3 Republican Party 15.4 Democratic Party

Mississippi

The partisan composition of state executive seats changed from a six-to-five split in favor of Democrats in 2003 to a nine-to-two advantage for Republicans in 2011. In the 2011 elections, no winning candidate had a margin of victory less than 10.7 percent.

Margin of victory analysis, 2003-2011
State Office 2011 margin of victory (%) Party of winning candidate, 2011 2007 margin of victory (%) Party of winning candidate, 2007 2003 margin of victory (%) Party of winning candidate, 2003
Mississippi Governor 22 Republican Party 15.8 Republican Party 6.7 Republican Party
Mississippi Lieutenant Governor 60.7 Republican Party 17.1 Republican Party 23.9 Republican Party
Mississippi Attorney General - Democratic Party 19.7 Democratic Party 35.5 Democratic Party
Mississippi Secretary of State 22.1 Republican Party 16.5 Republican Party 47.6 Democratic Party
Mississippi Auditor 51.4 Republican Party 9.9 Republican Party 52.7 Republican Party
Mississippi Treasurer 20.6 Republican Party 21.1 Republican Party 5.2 Republican Party
Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture 15.3 Republican Party 8.6 Republican Party 34 Democratic Party
Mississippi Insurance Commissioner 27.3 Republican Party 13 Republican Party 46.6 Democratic Party
Mississippi Public Service Commission, Central District 12.9 Republican Party 3.9 Democratic Party 19.1 Republican Party
Mississippi Public Service Commission, Southern District 20.1 Republican Party 11.8 Republican Party 4.2 Democratic Party
Mississippi Public Service Commission, Northern District 10.7 Democratic Party 15.7 Democratic Party 67.7 Democratic Party

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