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Conservative Ranking


Mississippi is the 15th most conservative state, voting 17.2% more Republican in the 2004 presidential elections than the national average.

Partisan Trend


Based on voting patterns since 1992, Mississippi is trending REPUBLICAN.

GOP Trend Ranking


Mississippi ranks 10th among the 50 states.
 
Presidential Race

Race for the White House


GOP Candidates
  • John McCain - U. S. Senator from Arizona  
  • Mike Huckabee - Former Governor of Arkansas
  • Ron Paul - U. S. Congressman from Texas (CD-14)
  • Mitt Romney - Former Governor of Massachusetts
  • Rudy Giuliani - Former Mayor of New York City
  • Fred Thompson - Former U. S. Senator from Tennessee
  • Duncan Hunter - U. S. Congressman from California (CD-52)

    DEM Candidates

  • Barack Obama - U. S. Senator from Illinois  
  • Hillary Clinton - U. S. Senator from New York
  • Mike Gravel - Former U. S. Senator from Alaska
  • John Edwards - Former U. S. Senator from North Carolina
  • Bill Richardson - Governor of New Mexico
  • Dennis Kucinich - U. S. Congressman from Ohio (CD-10)

    Party nominee -

  •  

    Senate Races
    Regular
    Incumbent:  GOP incumbent Thad Cochran seeks a sixth term in 2008.  He faces no primary opposition.

    GOP Candidates

  • Thad Cochran - Incumbent  

    DEM Candidates

  • Erik Fleming - Mississippi State Representative  

    Party nominee -

  •  

    Special
    Incumbent:  Interim GOP Senator Roger Wicker was appointed to fill former Senator Trent Lott's seat.  He is seeking election in his own right in 2008.

    GOP Candidates

  • Roger Wicker - Interim U.S. Senator  

    DEM Candidates

  • Ronnie Musgrove - Former Mississippi Governor  

    Party nominee -

  •  
    Governor's Race
    No race in 2008
     
    Competitive House Races
    District 1
    Interim Incumbent:  Democrat Travis Childers is seeking a full term in November after winning a special election earlier this year.  He faced no primary opposition.

    GOP Candidates

  • Charles "Greg" Davis - Mayor of Southaven  

    DEM Candidates

  • Travis Childers - Interim Incumbent  

    Party nominee -

  •  
    Other House Races
    Projected winner listed first
  • District 2:  Bennie Thompson (D)-inc vs. Richard Cook (R)
  • District 3:  OPEN:Gregg Harper (R) vs. Joel Gill (D)
  • District 4:  Gene Taylor (D)-inc vs. John McCay, III (R)
  •  
    Additional Information

    Election Timeline


  • January 11, 2008 - Deadline to file for candidacy
  • March 11, 2008 - Presidential primary
  • March 11, 2008 - Primary elections
  • April 1, 2008 - Primary runoff
  • April 22 , 2008 - Special election, Senate and CD-1
  • May 13, 2008 - Special election runoff
  • November 4, 2008 - Election day
  • Current Partisan Breakdown


     
    National Delegation
      Senators 2 GOP
      Representatives 1 GOP, 3 DEM
    State Government
      Governor GOP
      Lt. Governor GOP
      State Senate - DEM control 24 GOP, 28 DEM
      State House - DEM control 46 GOP, 73 DEM, 3 vacant

    Current Office Holders


  • Governor:  Haley Barbour (R) - 2nd term, up for re-election in 2011
  • Lt. Governor:  Phil Bryant (R) - 1st term, up for re-election in 2011
  • Senior Senator:  Thad Cochran (R) - 5th term, up for re-election in 2008
  • Junior Senator:  Roger Wicker (R) - interim, special election in 2008
  • House District 1:  Travis Childers (D) - 1st term (partial)
  • House District 2:  Bennie Thompson (D) - 8th term
  • House District 3:  Chip Pickering, Jr. (R) - 6th term (retiring)
  • House District 4:  Gene Taylor (D) - 10th term

    Historical Partisan Snapshot


  •  
      Race 2000 Result 2002 Result 2004 Result 2006 Result

    President Solid GOP -- Solid GOP --

    Senate
    Class 1 Solid GOP -- -- Solid GOP
    Class 2 -- Solid GOP -- --

    Governor
    (2003-2007)
    -- Mod GOP -- Solid GOP

    House 2 GOP - 2 DEM 2 GOP - 2 DEM 2 GOP - 2 DEM 2 GOP - 2 DEM
    CD-1 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-2 Solid DEM Strong DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-3 Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-4 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM

    BOLD - party turnover
    Race ratings:
  • "Weak" - less than 5%
  • "Mod" - 5% to less than 10%
  • "Strong" - 10% to 15%
  • "Solid" - greater than 15%
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    Mississippi Race Tracking
    President
    John McCain
    vs
    Barack Obama
    Projected Winner
    Senate - Regular
    Thad Cochran - inc
    vs
    Erik Fleming
    Projected Winner
    Senate - Special
    Roger Wicker - interim
    vs
    Ronnie Musgrove
    Projected Winner
    Governor
    No race
    House District 1
    Travis Childers - inc
    vs
    Charles Davis
    Projected Winner
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