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Shawn O'Hara (born 1958) is a perennial candidate for public office in Mississippi. He was the national chairman of the Reform Party, and a frequent candidate on their ticket. He has since become a member of the Democratic Party.
O'Hara first ran for Governor of Mississippi in 1991 as the Reform Party candidate. He received 11,253 votes, or 1.58%.
In 2002 he ran for the U.S. Senate again and was the lone challenger to Thad Cochran. He received 97,226 votes, or 15.42%.
While a member of the Reform Party, O'Hara supported the candidacy of George W. Bush. After his party nominated Ralph Nader as presidential candidate in 2004, O'Hara said he hoped Nader could spoil the election: "I’m doing everything I can to make sure John Kerry never gets around the White House." This sentiment, and the fact that O'Hara was a supporter of the Ku Klux Klan's Samuel Bowers, and his statements that he had once favored the execution of abortion doctors, put O'Hara odds with other Reform Party members.
In 2007 O'Hara ran as a Democrat for state treasurer and received 284,789 votes (39.47%).
The Majority in Mississippi blog predicts he will run in 2010 or 2011, saying: "[O'Hara is a] perennial candidate will try to run for something- if not everything- in 2011. He tried qualifying for every statewide race in 2007 as a Democrat but they decided to let him be the sacrificial lamb who would face Tate Reeves...."
Much to the chagrin of Reform Party members, O'Hara returned to their party in 2011. He announced he would run for governor on their ticket, and also filed to run for state treasurer as both a Democrat and a Reform Party candidate. He received 26,290 votes, or 3.01%, in the race for state treasurer.
In Mississippi's 2012 election for U.S. Senate, O'Hara ran as the Reform Party candidate and received 13,194 votes, or 1.06%.
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