The election was generally a success for Republicans, as they held all their statewide elected offices, and won the open Secretary of State and Insurance Commissioner seats, leaving Attorney General Jim Hood the only statewide elected Democratic officeholder. However, Democrats regained control of the State Senate and maintained their majority in the House of Representatives, won a 2-1 majority on the Public Service Commission, and held their 2-1 majority on the Transportation Commission.
According to the state constitution, a statewide officer must win both the majority of electoral votes and the majority of the popular vote to be elected.
The number of electoral votes equals the number of Mississippi House of Representatives districts, currently set at 122. A plurality of votes in each House District is required to win the electoral vote for that District. In the event of a tie between the two candidates with the highest votes, the electoral vote is split between them.
In the event an officeholder does not win both the majority electoral and majority popular vote, the House of Representatives shall choose the winner. Currently, the Democrats hold a large edge (73-46 with three vacancies) in the House, thus ensuring that any contested race will go to the Democrat candidate.