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Mississippi gubernatorial election, 1971

Mississippi gubernatorial election, 1971

November 2, 1971

Candidate Bill Waller Charles Evers
Party Democratic Independent
Popular vote 601,222 172,762
Percentage 77.02% 22.13%

Governor before election

John Bell Williams

Elected Governor

Bill Waller

The 1971 Mississippi gubernatorial election took place on 2 November, 1971 for the post of Governor of Mississippi. The incumbent governor, Democrat John Bell Williams, was ineligible due to term limits, a rule that was changed to two back-to-back terms in the 1980s.[1] Democrat Bill Waller was elected into office and served as Governor of Mississippi from 1972 to 1976.


  • Democratic primary 1
    • Democratic primary runoff 1.1
  • Republic primary 2
  • Results 3
  • References 4

Democratic primary

Mississippi Democratic Party primary, 1971[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Charles L. Sullivan 288,219 37.78
Democratic William L. Waller 227,424 29.81
Democratic James E. "Jimmy" Swan 128,946 16.90
Democratic Roy C. Adams 45,445 5.96
Democratic Ed Pittman 38,170 5.00
Democratic Marshall Perry 18,021 2.36
Democratic Andrew W. Sullivan 16,762 2.20

Democratic primary runoff

Mississippi Democratic Party Primary Runoff, August 24, 1971[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic William L. Waller 389,952 54.22
Democratic Charles L. Sullivan 329,236 45.78

Republic primary

No Republican primary or Republican candidates were part of the general election. [3]


Mississippi gubernatorial election, 1971[3]
Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic William L. Waller 601,222 77.02
Independent Charles Evers 172,762 22.13
Independent Charles L. Sullivan 6,653 0.85


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