Mississippi 2019

Goal

Break supermajority

Chamber Makeup

State Senate

19 Democrats

33 Republicans

State House

45 Democrats

74 Republicans

The Opportunity

In Mississippi, for the first time in decades, a Democratic candidate has a strong chance to win the Governor’s Mansion. Attorney General Jim Hood has held statewide elected office since 2003, and he is very popular. Currently, Republicans have a supermajority in the legislature. If Hood wins and the supermajority remains, he risks being kneecapped from Day 1. Fortunately, there is a clear path to breaking the supermajority in the Senate.  

The Stakes

For the last decade, Mississippi's political leadership has “right-sized” government—by defunding education, health care, and jobs programs in order to cut taxes for out-of-state companies. 

  • Refused to expand Medicaid—even though four rural hospitals have shuttered in the last year alone and half of the state’s remaining rural hospitals remain at high risk of closing.

  • Slashed education spending—despite the fact that only 20 percent of 8th graders in Mississippi are able to meet basic reading standards. 

  • Gutted basic protections that help keep people in their homes, including a 10-day eviction waiting period.

  • Incarcerated everyone they can—even allowing young children to be imprisoned. 

2019 Political Landscape

  • In 2019, the entire State Senate and House are up for election, along with the governor.  

  • Attorney General Jim Hood stands a good chance of winning the gubernatorial election, but he would face Republican supermajorities in the State House and State Senate if Democrats don’t make gains in either chamber.

  • Democrats only need to win two seats to break the Republican supermajority in the State Senate—and a federal judge just redrew the maps which will make it possible.

  • Future Now Fund has identified the districts most likely to break the supermajority based on past results and the candidates who have qualified for each seat. Notably, Hood won 11 Republican-held State Senate districts in his last Attorney General run.