2018 United States Senate election in Mississippi

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2018 United States Senate election in Mississippi

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Turnout49.66%
  Roger F. Wicker crop.jpg No image.svg
Nominee Roger Wicker David Baria
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 547,619 369,567
Percentage 58.49% 39.47%

Mississippi Senate Election Results by County, 2018.svg
County Results

Wicker:      40-50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%

Baria:      40-50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

U.S. Senator before election

Roger Wicker
Republican

Elected U.S. Senator

Roger Wicker
Republican

The 2018 United States Senate election in Mississippi took place on November 6, 2018, in order to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the state of Mississippi. Incumbent Republican Roger Wicker was reelected to a second full term, defeating his Democratic challenger, David Baria.

The candidate filing deadline was March 1, 2018, and the primary election was held on June 5, 2018, with a runoff on June 26 if a party's primary fails to produce a majority winner.[1] The race took place on the same day as the nonpartisan jungle primary for the other U.S. Senate seat in Mississippi, which was vacated by Thad Cochran in the spring of 2018.

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrawn[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Roger Wicker
U.S. Presidents
Governors
Statewide Officials
U.S. Senators
Mississippi State Officials
  • Dane Maxwell, Mayor of Pascagoula[16]
Chris McDaniel (withdrawn)
Political operatives
  • Tommy Barnett, treasurer of Remember Mississippi super PAC[17]
  • Laura Van Overschelde, Chair of the Mississippi Tea Party[18]
  • Grant Sowell, Chair of the Tupelo Tea Party[19]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results, Mississippi 2018[20]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Roger Wicker (incumbent) 130,118 82.79%
Republican Richard Boyanton 27,052 17.21%
Total votes 157,170 100%

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Jensen Bohren
Organizations
  • Jackpine Radicals[30]
  • Vote STEM[31]
  • Sustainable Politician Project[32]
  • Mississippi DSA[33]
David Baria
Organizations

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
David
Baria
Jensen
Bohren
Omeria
Scott
Howard
Sherman
Undecided
Triumph Campaigns April 10–11, 2018 446 7% 4% 9% 2% 79%

Results[edit]

Initial primary results by county:
Democratic primary results, Mississippi 2018[38]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Howard Sherman 27,957 31.79%
Democratic David Baria 27,244 30.98%
Democratic Omeria Scott 21,278 24.20%
Democratic Victor G. Maurice Jr. 4,361 4.96%
Democratic Jerone Garland 4,266 4.85%
Democratic Jensen Bohren 2,825 3.21%
Total votes 87,931 100%

Runoff results[edit]

Primary runoff results by county:
Democratic primary runoff results, Mississippi 2018[39]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic David Baria 44,156 58.64%
Democratic Howard Sherman 31,149 41.36%
Total votes 75,305 100%

Independents and third party candidates[edit]

Libertarian Party[edit]

Declared[edit]

Reform Party[edit]

Declared[edit]

General election[edit]

Predictions[edit]

Source Ranking As of
The Cook Political Report[40] Solid R September 29, 2017
Inside Elections[41] Solid R September 29, 2017
Sabato's Crystal Ball[42] Safe R September 27, 2017
Fox News[43] Likely R^ July 9, 2018
CNN[44] Solid R July 12, 2018
RealClearPolitics[45] Safe R June 2018

^Highest rating given

Fundraising[edit]

Campaign finance reports as of June 30, 2018
Candidate Total receipts Total disbursements Cash on hand
Roger Wicker (R) $5,349,028 $3,831,418 $3,138,044
David Baria (D) $532,629 $528,325 $72,922
Source: Federal Election Commission[46]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Roger
Wicker (R)
David
Baria (D)
Danny
Bedwell (L)
Other Undecided
Change Research November 2–4, 2018 1,003 48% 40% 5% 3%[47]
Marist College October 13–18, 2018 511 LV ± 6.1% 57% 31% 2% 2%[48] 9%
60% 32% 2% 7%
856 RV ± 4.7% 54% 30% 3% 2%[48] 10%
57% 32% 2% 9%
SurveyMonkey September 9–24, 2018 985 ± 4.3% 43% 29% 27%
Triumph Campaigns July 30–31, 2018 2,100 ± 3.5% 53% 32% 1% 2%[49] 12%
Triumph Campaigns April 10–11, 2018 1,000 ± 3.0% 48% 31% 21%

Results[edit]

United States Senate election in Mississippi, 2018[50]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Roger Wicker (incumbent) 547,619 58.49% +1.33%
Democratic David Baria 369,567 39.47% -1.08%
Libertarian Danny Bedwell 12,981 1.39% N/A
Reform Shawn O'Hara 6,048 0.65% -0.41%
Total votes 936,215 100% N/A
Republican hold

References[edit]

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  13. ^ Phil Bryant. "I agree with @realDonaldTrump. Sen. Roger Wicker has been instrumental in cutting taxes, eliminating burdensome regulations, creating jobs and strengthening our border. Mississippi needs Sen. Wicker in Washington, and I hope you will join me in voting for him on June 5". Twitter.
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  47. ^ Shawn O'Hara (Reform) with 3%
  48. ^ a b Shawn O'Hara (Reform) with 1%, other with 1%
  49. ^ Shawn O'Hara (Reform) with 2%
  50. ^ http://www.sos.ms.gov/Elections-Voting/Pages/2018-General-Election.aspx

External links[edit]

Official campaign websites