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2019 Election Update
After the 2015 election, Republicans controlled the Mississippi State House 74-48. Mississippi did not hold legislative elections in 2018; all 122 Mississippi State House seats will be on the ballot in 2019.
In March 2019, three members of the Mississippi State House changed their party affiliation. Nick Bain (HD 2) changed from a Democrat to a Republican, and Steve Holland (HD 16) and Angela Cockerham (HD 96) changed from Democrats to Independents.
In 2019, EveryDistrict will be working in Mississippi to grow the Democratic caucus in the legislature and help the top of the ticket along the way. To date, EveryDistrict has endorsed the following candidates: Kevin Frye (SD 9), Tiffany Kilpatrick (HD 12), Cathy Grace (HD 17), Vicki Slater (HD 56), Shanda Yates (HD 64), and Brandon Rue (HD 102).
You can support EveryDistrict’s work in Mississippi by making a donation that will go directly to these candidates.
Click here for the current partisan composition of the Mississippi State House.
Understanding the Map
EveryDistrict’s Legislative District Index (LDI) ranks state legislative districts on a scale from 100 to -100, using statewide elections data. Districts with a score of 100 would vote for statewide Democratic candidates by an average of 100 points (with the Democratic candidate receiving 100% of the vote); districts with a score of -100 would vote for statewide Republican candidates by an average of 100 points (with the Republican candidate receiving 100% of the vote). For a more realistic example, a district with a score of 10 would vote for statewide Democratic candidates by an average of 10 points (meaning we would expect the Democratic state legislative candidate to win with 55% of the vote compared to the Republican winning 45% of the vote).
EveryDistrict divides winnable districts into five categories. Dark blue districts lean Democratic and are held by a Democratic legislator. Light blue districts lean Republican and are held by a Democratic legislator. Yellow districts lean Democratic but are held by a Republican legislator; these districts represent the best pick up opportunities for Democrats. Pink districts lean slightly Republican, with a range of 0 up to -5; in the current political climate we’ve identified these districts as pick up opportunities for Democrats. Dark red districts are held by a Republican and have an LDI score of less than -5.
For more information about EveryDistrict’s LDI, please click here.
Updated LDI scores incorporating the 2018 election results will be released in spring 2019.