1959 Mississippi gubernatorial election

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Mississippi Democratic gubernatorial primary, 1959

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  Ross Barnett.jpg Carroll Gartin.jpg
Nominee Ross Barnett Carroll Gartin
Party Democratic Democratic
Popular vote 230,557 193,706
Percentage 54.34% 45.66%

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County Results

Barnett:      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%      80-90%

Gartin:      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%

Governor before election

James P. Coleman
Democratic

Elected Governor

Ross Barnett
Democratic

The 1959 Mississippi gubernatorial election took place on November 3, 1959, in order to elect the Governor of Mississippi. Incumbent Democrat James P. Coleman was term-limited, and could not run for reelection to a second term. As was common at the time, the Democratic candidate ran unopposed in the general election so therefore the Democratic primary was the real contest, and winning the primary was considered tantamount to election.

Democratic primary[edit]

No candidate received a majority in the Democratic primary, which featured 4 contenders, so a runoff was held between the top two candidates. The runoff election was won by trial lawyer Ross Barnett, who defeated Lieutenant Governor Carroll Gartin.

Results[edit]

Mississippi Democratic gubernatorial primary, 1959[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ross Barnett 155,508 35.26
Democratic Carroll Gartin 151,043 34.25
Democratic Charles L. Sullivan 131,792 29.88
Democratic Robert F. Mason[2] 2,704 0.61
Total votes 441,047 100.00

Runoff[edit]

Mississippi Democratic gubernatorial primary runoff, 1959[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ross Barnett 230,557 54.34
Democratic Carroll Gartin 193,706 45.66
Total votes 424,263 100.00

General election[edit]

In the general election, Barnett ran unopposed.

Results[edit]

Mississippi gubernatorial election, 1959[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ross Barnett 57,671 100.00
Total votes 57,671 100.00
Democratic hold

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MS Governor D Primary 1959". Our Campaigns. Retrieved December 6, 2016.
  2. ^ Perry, Brian (October 19, 2016). "PERRY/Political circus nothing new". The Neshoba Democrat. Philadelphia, Mississippi. Retrieved 2017-07-18.
  3. ^ "MS Governor D Primary Runoff 1959". Our Campaigns. Retrieved December 6, 2016.
  4. ^ "MS Governor 1959". Our Campaigns. Retrieved December 6, 2016.