2007 Mississippi general election

A general election was held in Mississippi on November 6, 2007 to elect to 4 year terms all members of the Mississippi State Legislature (122 representatives, 52 senators), the offices of Governor of Mississippi, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, State Treasurer, State Auditor, Secretary of State, Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce, and Commissioner of Insurance, plus all three members of the Transportation Commission and all three members of the Mississippi Public Service Commission.

The election was generally a success for Republicans, as they held all their statewide elected offices, and won the open Secretary of State and Insurance Commissioner seats, leaving Attorney General Jim Hood the only statewide elected Democratic officeholder. However, Democrats regained control of the State Senate and maintained their majority in the House of Representatives, won a 2-1 majority on the Public Service Commission, and held their 2-1 majority on the Transportation Commission.

PrimariesEdit

Republican primary - Governor
Candidate Votes Vote %
Haley Barbour (i) 184,036 93.1%
Frederick Jones 13,611 6.9%
TOTALS 197,647 100%
Democratic primary - Governor
Candidate Votes Vote %
John Arthur Eaves, Jr. 314,012 70.3%
William Compton, Jr. 52,343 11.7%
Fred T. Smith 49,170 11.0%
Louis Fondren 31,197 7.0%
TOTALS 446,722 100%
Republican primary - Lieutenant Governor
Candidate Votes Vote %
Phil Bryant 112,140 57.1%
Charlie Ross 84,110 42.9%
TOTALS 196,250 100%
  • Jamie Franks, the Democratic Party candidate, ran unopposed for Lieutenant Governor.
Republican primary - Secretary of State
Candidate Votes Vote %
Delbert Hosemann 102,093 53.8%
Mike Lott 61,697 32.5%
Jeffrey Rupp 17,838 9.4%
Gene Sills 8,128 4.3%
TOTALS 189,756 100%
Democratic primary - Secretary of State
Candidate Votes Vote %
Robert H. Smith 308,003 72.7%
Jabari A. Toins 34,409 8.1%
John Windsor 81,464 19.2%
TOTALS 423,876 100%
Attorney General
  • Jim Hood, the incumbent Democratic Attorney General, ran unopposed.
  • Al Hopkins, the Republican candidate, ran unopposed.
State Treasurer
Commissioner for Agriculture and Commerce
  • Rickey Cole, the Democratic candidate, ran unopposed.

Results for the Mississippi State LegislatureEdit

All 122 representatives and 52 senators of the Mississippi State Legislature are elected for four-year terms with no staggering of terms. The state legislature draws up separate district maps for the Mississippi House of Representatives and the Mississippi Senate, usually after the federal U.S. Census. There are no term limits for members of both houses of the legislature.

Results for the Mississippi SenateEdit

Party Votes Seats Loss/Gain Share of Vote (%)
  Democratic 171,993 28 +3
  Republican 161,042 24 -3
  Constitution 10,881 0 0
  Independent 3,818 0 0
Total 347,734 52 0 100.0%

Results for House of RepresentativesEdit

Party Votes Seats Loss/Gain Share of Vote (%)
  Democratic 75 0
  Republican 47 0
  Constitution 0 0
  Independent 0 0
Total 122 0

Results for Statewide OfficesEdit

According to the state constitution, a statewide officer must win both the majority of electoral votes and the majority of the popular vote to be elected.

The number of electoral votes equals the number of Mississippi House of Representatives districts, currently set at 122. A plurality of votes in each House District is required to win the electoral vote for that District. In the event of a tie between the two candidates with the highest votes, the electoral vote is split between them.

In the event an officeholder does not win both the majority electoral and majority popular vote, the House of Representatives shall choose the winner. The Democrats held a large edge (73–46 with three vacancies) in the House, thus ensuring that any contested race will go to the Democratic candidate.

GovernorEdit

Lieutenant GovernorEdit

2007 Mississippi Lieutenant Governor election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Phil Bryant 431,747 58.6 -1.4
Democratic Jamie Franks 305,409 41.4 +4.3

Attorney GeneralEdit

2007 Mississippi Attorney General election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Jim Hood (Incumbent) 440,017 59.8 -2.9
Republican Al Hopkins 295,516 40.2 +2.9

State TreasurerEdit

2007 Mississippi State Treasurer election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Tate Reeves (incumbent) 436,833 60.5 +8.7
Democratic Shawn O'Hara 284,789 39.5 -7.1

State AuditorEdit

2007 Mississippi State Auditor election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Stacey Pickering 399,279 55.0 -21.3
Democratic Mike Sumrall 327,033 45.0 +21.3

Secretary of StateEdit

2007 Mississippi Secretary of State election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Delbert Hosemann 425,228 58.2 +34.7
Democratic Robert Smith 304,918 41.8 -29.2

Commissioner of Agriculture and CommerceEdit

2007 Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Lester Spell (incumbent) 371,191 51.0 n/a
Democratic Ricky Cole 308,693 42.4 n/a
Constitution Paul Riley 47,647 6.6 n/a

Note: Spell was elected as a Democrat in 2003, but changed his party affiliation to Republican.

Commissioner of InsuranceEdit

2007 Mississippi Commissioner of Insurance election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike Chaney 414,718 56.5 +31.7
Democratic Gary Anderson 319,287 43.5 -27.9

Results for CommissionsEdit

Transportation CommissionEdit

Northern DistrictEdit

Democratic incumbent Bill Minor ran unopposed in the general election.

Central DistrictEdit

2007 Mississippi Transportation Commissioner, Central District election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Dick Hall (incumbent) 126,145 52.2
Democratic Rudolph Warnock 115,534 47.8

Southern DistrictEdit

2007 Mississippi Transportation Commissioner, Southern District election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Wayne Brown (incumbent) 133,029 52.5
Republican Larry Benefield 120,293 47.5

Public Service CommissionEdit

Northern DistrictEdit

2007 Mississippi Public Service Commissioner, Northern District election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Brandon Presley 134,405 57.9
Republican Mabel Murphree 97,892 42.1

Central DistrictEdit

2007 Mississippi Public Service Commissioner, Central District election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Lynn Posey 122,417 50.6
Republican Charles Barbour 112,782 46.6
Independent Lee Dilworth 6,833 2.8

Southern DistrictEdit

2007 Mississippi Public Service Commissioner, Southern District election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Leonard Bentz (incumbent) 139,124 55.9
Democratic Mike Collier 109,737 44.1