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1947 United States Senate special election in Mississippi

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1947 United States Senate special election in Mississippi
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← 1946 November 4, 1947 1952 →
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Nominee John C. Stennis William M. Colmer Forrest B. Jackson
Party Democratic Democratic Democratic
Popular vote 52,068 45,725 43,642
Percentage 26.88% 23.61% 22.53%

Paul B. Johnson Jr.jpg
Nominee Paul B. Johnson Jr. John E. Rankin
Party Democratic Democratic
Popular vote 27,159 24,492
Percentage 14.02% 12.64%

U.S. senator before election

Theodore G. Bilbo

Elected U.S. Senator

John C. Stennis

The 1947 United States Senate special election in Mississippi was held on November 4, 1947. John C. Stennis was elected to fill the seat vacated by the death of Theodore G. Bilbo.

This is the most recent open seat won by a Democrat in Mississippi, as Stennis and his fellow senator James Eastland would continue to be reelected until both being succeeded by Republicans.

General election


  1. ^ Stennis represented Starkville during his time as a student at Mississippi State University, but later moved to Kemper County, where he resided in 1947.


1947 United States Senate election[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John C. Stennis 52,068 26.88%
Democratic William M. Colmer 45,725 23.61%
Democratic Forrest B. Jackson 43,642 22.53%
Democratic Paul B. Johnson Jr. 27,159 14.02%
Democratic John E. Rankin 24,492 12.64%
Republican L. R. Collins 623 0.32%


  1. ^ "Our Campaigns - Container Detail Page". Retrieved 20 December 2017.
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