2015 Mississippi's 1st congressional district special election

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Mississippi's 1st congressional district special election, 2015

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Mississippi's 1st congressional district
  Trent Kelly official congressional photo (cropped).jpg No image.svg
Nominee Trent Kelly Walter Zinn
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 69,516 29,831
Percentage 69.97% 30.03%

U.S. Representative before election

Alan Nunnelee
Republican

Elected U.S. Representative

Trent Kelly
Republican

A special election for Mississippi's 1st congressional district was held on May 12, 2015, to fill the term left by the vacancy created by the death of Alan Nunnelee.[1] Nunnelee, a member of the Republican Party, died on February 6, 2015.[2]

According to Mississippi state law, Governor Phil Bryant had to call the special election within 60 days of Nunnelee's death, and had to be held at least 60 days after the call. Prospective candidates had to submit a petition for ballot access consisting of at least 1,000 signatures of qualified Mississippi voters with the office of the Secretary of State of Mississippi at least 45 days before the election.[3]

The election was won by Republican Trent Kelly.

Election format[edit]

All candidates ran together on the same primary ballot, irrespective of party affiliation. As no candidate received a majority of the vote, a runoff was held on June 2 between Trent Kelly (R) and Walter Zinn (D), the top two finishers.[1][4][5]

Candidates[edit]

  • Note: Special elections in Mississippi are nonpartisan. Party identification is for informational purposes only.

Republican Party[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

Declined[edit]

Democratic Party[edit]

Declared[edit]

  • Walter Zinn, attorney and political aide[18]

Declined[edit]

Libertarian Party[edit]

Did Not File[edit]

  • Danny Bedwell, businessman and Libertarian nominee for the seat in 2012 and 2014[6][21]

General election[edit]

Fundraising[edit]

Campaign Finance Reports through April 22
Candidate Raised Spent Cash on Hand Debt
Boyce Adams $358,918 $304,876 $54,041 $245,408
Sam Adcock $241,033 $123,769 $117,263 $120,000
Nancy Collins $198,421 $163,465 $34,956 $141,983
Ed Holliday $121,165 $46,903 $58,521 $100,000
Starner Jones $385,901 $327,233 $58,667 $350,000
Trent Kelly $117,703 $60,553 $57,150 $0
Chip Mills $119,250 $100,351 $18,898 $30,000
Greg Pirkle $291,010 $144,424 $146,585 $100,000
Henry Ross $92,388 $33,390 $58,696 $115,911
Daniel Sparks $27,100 $15,977 $11,123 $8,617
Mike Tagert $371,965 $245,392 $126,572 $0
Quentin Whitwell $119,965 $95,187 $24,727 $0
Walter Zinn $11,552 $8,794 $2,752 $0
Source: Federal Election Commission[22]

Results[edit]

Mississippi's 1st congressional district special general election, 2015 [23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Walter Zinn 15,385 17.41
Nonpartisan Trent Kelly 14,418 16.32
Nonpartisan Mike Tagert 11,231 12.71
Nonpartisan Greg Pirkle 7,142 8.08
Nonpartisan Starner Jones 6,993 7.91
Nonpartisan Chip Mills 6,929 7.84
Nonpartisan Henry Ross 4,313 4.88
Nonpartisan Boyce Adams 4,037 4.57
Nonpartisan Nancy Adams Collins 4,006 4.53
Nonpartisan Sam Adcock 4,000 4.53
Nonpartisan Ed "Doc" Holliday 3,958 4.48
Nonpartisan Quentin Whitwell 3,124 3.56
Nonpartisan Daniel Sparks 2,828 3.20
Total votes 88,364 100.0

Runoff election[edit]

Fundraising[edit]

Campaign Finance Reports through May 15
Candidate Raised Spent Cash on Hand Debt
Trent Kelly $145,843 $123,618 $22,225 $0
Walter Zinn $19,056 $23,597 $(4,540) $0
Source: Federal Election Commission[24]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Trent
Kelly (R)
Walter
Zinn (D)
Undecided
Gravis Marketing May 28, 2015 509 ± 4% 54% 37% 9%

Results[edit]

Mississippi's 1st congressional district special runoff election, 2015[25]
Party Candidate Votes %
Nonpartisan Trent Kelly 69,516 69.97
Nonpartisan Walter Zinn 29,831 30.03
Total votes 99,347 100
Republican hold

County results[edit]

Vote breakdown by county
Trent Kelly
Republican
Walter Zinn
Democrat
Total
County Votes % Votes % Votes
Alcorn 2,841 79.25% 744 20.75% 3,585
Benton 696 62.14% 424 37.86% 1,120
Calhoun 1,820 72.57% 688 27.43% 2,508
Chickasaw 1,967 52.18% 1,803 47.82% 3,770
Choctaw 1,141 75.12% 378 24.88% 1,519
Clay 2,092 46.50% 2,407 53.50% 4,499
DeSoto 9,764 78.31% 2,704 21.69% 12,468
Itawamba 3,127 88.53% 405 11.47% 3,532
Lafayette 3,338 58.16% 2,401 41.84% 5,739
Lee 10,723 73.64% 3,839 26.36% 14,562
Lowndes 5,283 63.38% 3,052 36.62% 8,335
Marshall 1,932 46.13% 2256 53.87% 4,188
Monroe 4,116 64.27% 2,288 35.73% 6,404
Oktibbeha 320 64.26% 178 35.74% 498
Pontotoc 4,038 72.74% 1,513 27.26% 5,551
Prentiss 2,528 77.83% 720 22.17% 3,248
Tate 2,041 71.82% 801 28.18% 2,842
Tippah 2,472 80.26% 608 19.74% 3,080
Tishomingo 2,026 84.88% 361 15.12% 2,387
Union 3,663 81.96% 806 18.04% 4,469
Webster 1,728 86.23% 276 13.77% 2,004
Winston 1,860 61.20% 1,179 38.80% 3,039

References[edit]

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  22. ^ "Summary Reports Search Results - 2015–2016 Cycle". fec.gov. Archived from the original on July 13, 2012. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  23. ^ "Total Votes Reported by County for the 2015 Special Election" (PDF). Mississippi Secretary of State. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
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  25. ^ "Total Votes Reported by County for the 2015 Special Runoff Election". Mississippi Secretary of State. Retrieved July 26, 2019.

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