Nov 10 2011

Reform Party Nominee in 2-way Statewide Mississippi Race Polls 24.3%

Source: Ballot Access News

On November 8, Mississippi held elections for all state office. The Reform Party nominee for Auditor, Ashley Norwood, was in a 2-party race against a Republican. Norwood polled 181,425 votes, 24.34% of the total vote cast for that office. This is the highest percentage for a minor party nominee for statewide office in Mississippi since the Peoples (Populist) Party showing in 1895.

Although George Wallace carried Mississippi in the presidential election of 1968, he was an independent candidate in Mississippi. Strom Thurmond carried Mississippi in the presidential election of 1948, but in Mississippi Thurmond was the Democratic Party nominee, and Harry S Truman was an independent candidate in Mississippi.

The Reform Party also got a high percentage in a 2-party statewide race in Mississippi in 2003: it polled 23.69% for Auditor that year. In the November 8, 2011 election, the Reform Party was also in a 2-party race for Lieutenant Governor, but in that race the Reform Party nominee, Tracella Hill, only received 19.65% of the vote. Thanks to Tony Roza for finding these 2011 unofficial Mississippi election returns.

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