President Donald Trump, Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, medical marijuana, a new state flag, and the end of a Jim Crow-era voting law all prevailed in last month’s election in Mississippi.
The secretary of state’s office recently released certified election results, so Mississippi Today analyzed the local tallies in the statewide voting to show which counties boosted which candidates and which ballot measures.
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In electing a new commander-in-chief, Mississippi voted largely in line with how it did in 2016, with Trump winning the same share — 58% of votes— he did four years ago. Turnout for the presidential vote was 9% higher this year than in 2016. Counties on the Coast and in north Mississippi saw the largest increases, while the Delta and southwest Mississippi saw the most decreases.
On a county level, the only change in outcome was in Warren County, which picked Trump in 2016 and newly-elected President Joe Biden in 2020, both by very narrow margins. Almost every county’s outcome margin remained within 5% of how it voted in 2016, all except the counties in the chart below:
Similarly, voting in this year’s Senate election between Mike Espy and Hyde-Smith remained virtually unchanged to the results from the 2018 runoff, with Hyde-Smith winning the same counties and overall percentage in both elections. Turnout this year was about 40% higher than both the 2018 runoff and the special election that year.
The Senate results largely aligned with the presidential votes, except for three counties — Panola, Lowndes and Chickasaw — which voted for both Trump and Espy.
Mississippi showed broad support for this election’s ballot measures: 73% statewide approval to replace the state flag; 64% approval to allow medical marijuana use for patients with certain conditions; and 79% approval of House Resolution 47, eliminating a Jim Crow-era requirement for statewide elections that candidates must win a majority of house districts in addition to the popular vote.
The only counties to vote against a ballot measure were in southeast Mississippi: both George and Greene counties voted against changing the state flag.
Note: The map at the top of the post shows county breakdowns for each ballot measure.
While support for each ballot measure was widespread, counties that voted blue were more in line with approving ballot measures than those that voted red.
The chart below breaks down those trends by ballot measure: