Check in for election night results

Published 8:21 pm Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Final winners will be posted here on our website as they come in, and results that come in through the night will be posted on the Oxford Eagle’s Facebook page.

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With all 18 precincts reporting here are the following results, not including the 680 absentee votes that are currently being counted in Lafayette County, here are the results as of 10:30 p.m.

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Supervisor District 1
Kevin Frye 42.3 percent
Rickey Babb 38.74
Brian Hyneman 18.96

Supervisor District 3
Dale Timothy Gordon 48.18
David Rikard 49.66
Zach Carey 2.17

Supervisor District 5
Mike Roberts 62.15
Johnny Mike Fortner 37.85

Justice Court Judge, Northern District
Carolyn Pettis Bell 52.65
Jeffrey M. Johnson 47.30

Senate 9 (Lafayette results only)
Cristen Hemmins 40.86
Gray Tollison 59.01

House 10 (Lafayette results only)
Nolan Mettetal 69.84
Ken Daughtery 29.99

House 12
Jay Hughes 55.02
Brad Mayo 44.96

House 13 (Lafayette results only)
Justin Cluck 41.57
Steven Massengill 58.40



So far, the Associated Press has declared the following:

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The latest news on Mississippi’s general election. All times are local.

10:37 p.m.

Democrat Jim Hood has won a fourth term as Mississippi attorney general.

He turned away a challenge on Tuesday from Republican Mike Hurst, a former federal prosecutor.

The 53-year-old Hood is one of the few Democrats still holding statewide elected office in the South.

He is engaged in a legal fight with Google, questioning whether the Internet search engine improperly helps people find pirated music and drugs without a prescription. The California-based company says Hood is infringing on its free-speech rights.

Hurst says Hood has failed to challenge President Barack Obama on immigration and has fallen short in prosecuting public corruption.

9:57 p.m.

Republican businessman Sam Britton of Laurel has won the southern district seat on the Mississippi Public Service Commission.

Britton on Tuesday beat Hattiesburg oilman Tom Blanton and Reform Party member Lonny Kenneth Spence, both of Hattiesburg.

The 58-year-old Britton touted his financial credentials and experience, saying he would work to hold down how much Mississippi Power Co. customers will have to pay for the $6.4 billion power plant the company is building in Kemper County. However, Britton doesn’t take as oppositional a stance against the company as Blanton, who sued multiple times, sparking the Supreme Court to order refunds.

Britton replaces Steve Renfroe of Moss Point, who doesn’t publicly identify with a party. Renfroe chose not to seek election after Gov. Phil Bryant appointed him to serve a partial term.

9:17 p.m.

Republican Tom King of Hattiesburg has won a second term on Mississippi’s Transportation Commission.

The 68-year-old King was beating Democrat Chad Toney of Smithdale and Reform Party member Sheranda Atkinson of New Augusta.

King, who served 19 years in the Legislature, is a former historic restoration consultant. King favors more funding for the agency and said he wants to work with the business community and lawmakers to find it.

Toney sought election saying he wanted to increase construction quality of roads and bridges to make them last longer, saying better work would remove the need for more money. He ran unsuccessfully for the same post in 2007.


9:06 p.m.

Democrat Brandon Presley of Nettleton has won election to a third term on the Mississippi Public Service Commission.

Presley beat Republican Mike Maynard of Tupelo.

The 38-year-old Presley has maintained a populist stance on the three-member utility regulatory body. He’s been a consistent opponent of the $6.4 billion power plant that Mississippi Power Co. is building in Kemper County. Presley has also sought to stretch the commission’s regulatory authority to electrical cooperatives.

Presley will be the only returning incumbent on the commission. Republican Lynn Posey of Union Church didn’t seek re-election. Steve Renfroe of Moss Point, who doesn’t publicly identify with a party, did not choose to seek election after being appointed to fill out a partial term by Gov. Phil Bryant.


8:50 p.m.

Mike Tagert, a Starkville Republican, has won his second full term on Mississippi’s Transportation Commission.

The 45-year-old beat Democrat Danny Woods, a Winona mortician.

Tagert, formerly administrator of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Authority, lost a special election bid for Congress earlier this year. He says the Transportation Department needs more money to maintain the roads and bridges it has built. He says he wants to develop a better plan for the future.

Woods, who ran unsuccessfully for Montgomery County Coroner as a Democrat in 2011, said he wanted the state to do more to beautify its highways. He questioned whether the state needed more money when lawmakers were borrowing money to build an aquarium in Gulfport.


8:45 p.m.

Republican Tate Reeves has won a second term as Mississippi lieutenant governor.

The 41-year-old defeated three challengers Tuesday, including Democrat Tim Johnson, a former Republican state senator who switched parties before this year’s election.

The other candidates were Libertarian Ron Williams and the Reform Party’s Rosa B. Williams.

Johnson criticizes Reeves for opposing Medicaid expansion, and he says Republicans had failed to fully fund public schools.

Reeves says education is receiving more money than ever and the state can’t afford to put more people on Medicaid. He also says that as presiding officer of the state Senate, he has helped Mississippi create a business-friendly atmosphere.


8:39 p.m.

Republican Stacey Pickering has won a third term as Mississippi state auditor.

He defeated Democrat Jocelyn “Joce” Pepper Pritchett and the Reform Party’s Lajena Walley.

Pickering is a former state senator from Jones County.

Pritchett owns a civil-engineering firm and was making her first run for public office.


8:35 p.m.

Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith has been elected to a second term as Mississippi agriculture commissioner.

She defeated Democrat Addie Lee Green and the Reform Party’s Cathy L. Toole.

Hyde-Smith is a former state senator from Brookhaven and has worked in the cattle business.


8:28 p.m.

Republican Phil Bryant has won a second term as Mississippi governor, easily defeating two candidates who ran low-budget campaigns.

Democrat Robert Gray is a long-haul truck driver who spent just over $3,000 to run for Mississippi’s top job.

The Reform Party’s Shawn O’Hara, who has unsuccessfully sought several statewide offices the past 20 years, spent about $300 to challenge Bryant.

The 60-year-old governor spent about $2.7 million. He campaigned by saying he has focused on creating jobs and making specific changes to education policy, such as creating charter schools and emphasizing reading skills in early grades.


8:24 p.m.

Republican Delbert Hosemann has won a third term as Mississippi secretary of state.

Hosemann on Tuesday defeated Democrat Charles Graham and the Reform Party’s Randy Walker.

As Mississippi’s top elections official, Hosemann has worked in recent years to implement a law that requires voters to show government-issued photo identification at the polls.


8:20 p.m.

Republican Lynn Fitch has won a second term as Mississippi state treasurer.

Fitch on Tuesday defeated the Reform Party’s Viola V. McFarland. No Democrat was in the race.

Fitch survived a tough challenge in the Republican primary in August from David McRae, an attorney who criticized her management of a state-sponsored college savings plan. Fitch says she has been a good steward of public finances.


7:02 p.m.

Polls are closed and votes are being counted in Mississippi’s general election.

Voters on Tuesday were deciding whether to keep Republican Gov. Phil Bryant for a second term and Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood for a fourth.

They were also filling six other statewide offices, six regional offices and all 174 legislative seats.

Two school funding proposals were also on the ballot.


4:42 p.m.

Voting foul-ups in Bolivar County could leave questions in a closely contested state Senate race.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s office says more than 2,000 voters in the Mississippi Delta county are designated to vote in the wrong Senate district. Pamela Weaver, a spokeswoman for Hosemann, said Tuesday that the Bolivar County Election Commission failed to realign voters to match new Senate lines drawn by the Legislature in 2012.

As a result, 654 voters are designated to vote in the Senate District 22 race between Republican incumbent Eugene “Buck” Clark of Hollandale and Joseph Thomas of Yazoo City when they should be voting in other Senate races. And 1,508 voters who should be voting in District 22 are instead on poll lists for other districts.


11:55 a.m.

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant and his Democratic challenger, Robert Gray, have voted in the Mississippi election.

Bryant is seeking a second term. He voted Tuesday morning at the Eudora Welty Library in downtown Jackson, near the Governor’s Mansion. Campaign spokesman Shad White says Bryant confirmed that he voted a straight Republican ticket and against Initiative 42, a citizen-sponsored school funding proposal.

Gray tells The Associated Press that he voted Tuesday morning at a precinct in Terry and that he voted a straight Democratic ticket and in favor of Initiative 42.

Gray is a long-haul truck driver who surprised even himself by winning the Democratic nomination in August. He said he didn’t vote for himself in the primary because he was busy running errands that day.


10:25 a.m.

Circuit clerks and election commissioners are reporting steady turnout for Mississippi’s general election.

Voters on Tuesday are choosing a governor and seven other statewide officials, three public service commissioners, three transportation commissioners, all 174 legislators, and county officials. Election officials say the biggest draw could be two competing ballot initiatives that deal with education funding.

Officials in six of the 82 counties— Hancock, Lafayette, Lauderdale, Monroe, Rankin and Washington — say they had received no complaints of long lines by midmorning.

Rankin County Circuit Clerk Becky Boyd says her office received many calls before Election Day from people confused about the ballot format with two education proposals, Initiative 42 and Alternative Measure 42-A.