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OfficeGovernor
Type General Election
Filing Deadline 00, 0000 - 12:00pm Central
Polls Open November 05, 1963 - 06:00am Central
Polls Close November 05, 1963 - 06:00pm Central
Term Start January 21, 1964 - 12:00pm
Term End January 16, 1968 - 12:00pm
Turnout 16.71% Total Population
ContributorSome say...
Last ModifiedRBH December 09, 2008 02:38pm
Data SourcesAmerica Votes, Vol 24, Scammon, p. 247
Description
The first major Republican challenge for statewide office in over 80 years.

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"Traditionally in Mississippi, after the two Democratic primaries the Democratic nominee had no further campaign work to do. On the day of the general election the Democratic nominee's name would stand alone on the ballot, and a handful of voters would turn out to actually vote him into office. Paul B. Johnson, Jr. was infuriated by Phillips' forcing him to run yet another campaign, after the grueling two primaries. Johnson said he didn't like having to run in this "third primary," and that after he was elected governor he would make sure "This never happens again." Rubel Phillips warned that his opponent wanted to secure new legislation that would kill all opposition parties, leaving Mississippi with a political system not unlike that of the Soviet Union.

Although a number of issues surfaced in the 1963 general election campaign, only one mattered: Which candidate hated the Kennedys the most? Whichever one had the stronger anti-Kennedy credentials was likely to win. John and Robert Kennedy were hated not only for their role in the University of Mississippi integration. They had intervened a number of times to protect black civil rights activists in the South. They also sought new congressional civil rights laws.

Rubel Phillips said if you hated the Kennedys (and most Mississippi voters did) then you should not vote for the Kennedys' part

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LAST GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyDemocratic Won11/03/1959
NameRoss R. Barnett Votes57,671 (100.00%)
Term01/19/1960 - 01/21/1964 Margin57,671 (+100.00%)
NEXT GENERAL ELECTION
  PartyDemocratic Won11/07/1967
NameJohn Bell Williams Votes315,318 (70.27%)
Term01/16/1968 - 01/18/1972 Margin181,939 (+40.55%)
PRIMARY/OTHER SCHEDULE
Aug 06, 1963 MS Governor - D Primary Paul B. Johnson, Jr.
D 474,414
Aug 27, 1963 MS Governor - D Runoff Paul B. Johnson, Jr.
D 456,451
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Name Lt. Gov. Paul B. Johnson, Jr. Rubel L. Phillips  
PartyDemocratic Republican  
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Certified Votes225,456 (61.94%) 138,515 (38.06%)  
Margin0 (0.00%) -86,941 (-23.89%)  
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