Primary Season State Profile: Mississippi

Published by Peter Lawrence on Monday, March 14, 2016 - 12:00am

In 2014, 21.5 percent of Mississippi’s 2.9 million residents lived in poverty, including 29 percent of children, ranking the state last and second-to-last nationally. Additionally, in terms of economic security, Mississippi ranked last nationally in the percentage of households who were food insecure and 49th nationally in terms of unemployment rate. More than 92,000 households in Mississippi pay more than half their income on rent.


  • Presidential primary: March 8, 2016
  • Number of delegates: 40 Republican/41 Democratic
  • Allocation method: Proportional statewide/winner-take –most district-wide (Republican)/Proportional (Democratic)
  • 6 electoral votes
  • 2012 Results: Mitt Romney won Mississippi by 55 percent to 44 percent over President Obama.

Tax Credit Usage in Mississippi

In June 2015, the Mississippi Home Corporation approved $67 million in low-income housing tax credit (LIHTCs) for 11 affordable rental housing developments containing 488 affordable housing units. Four of the 11 were for new construction developments and the other seven were for acquisition/rehabilitation. In 2013, 68 percent of allocations in the state went to developments for persons with disabilities. To understand Mississippi’s LIHTC priorities, the state’s qualified allocation plan (QAP) is here.

Blog Graph Snapshot: LIHTC Properties and Poverty Rates in Mississippi
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The LIHTC, new markets tax credit (NMTC) and historic tax credit (HTC) have combined to assist in the addition of more than 60,000 jobs in Mississippi. For other impacts the credits have had in the state, see the table below.

Blog Chart LIHTC, NMTC and HTC Use in Mississippi
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Renewable Energy Landscape

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) reports that Mississippi currently has two active wind-related manufacturing facilities and in 2014 the wind energy industry in Mississippi directly or indirectly supported as many as 100 jobs.

The 1 MW of solar energy currently installed in Mississippi ranks the state last in the country in installed solar capacity, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Several large retailers in Mississippi have gone solar, including Toyota. Taylor Machine has installed one of the largest corporate photovoltaic systems in the state with 62 kW of solar capacity. There are currently more than 14 solar companies at work in Mississippi, employing 400 people.