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Ty Pinkins for Mississippi
Ty Pinkins for Mississippi
Ty Pinkins for Mississippi

The son of a tractor driver, Ty doesn’t come from a wealthy family. He was born and raised in the small town of Rolling Fork, and is a “proud son of the Mississippi Delta.’’

 

He grew up on cotton farms. His family moved from plantation to plantation, depending on where his dad found work driving tractors. When Ty was around 13 years old, he started chopping cotton in the summers to help his parents make ends meet. He worked in cotton fields throughout his teenage years.

 

Chopping cotton was hot, dusty, grueling, back-breaking work. Even at such a young age, he knew how his parents were struggling to provide him and his family the most basic necessities, including the roof over their heads—Ty wanted to carry his own weight. Working in the fields taught him the value of hard work and perseverance.

 

Although Ty’s parents never received much formal learning, they instilled in him the importance of a good education. Because of this, he became the first in his family to graduate high school and the first to attend college. While at Tougaloo College, he worked as a waiter at a local restaurant and sold his plasma at a local blood bank to earn enough to feed himself.

 

A decorated veteran of the U.S. Army, he served on active duty for 21 years, including three combat tours in Iraq, and was awarded the Bronze Star for his actions. Throughout his military career, Ty never forgot the importance his parents instilled in him about completing his education.

            I believe the most important thing a leader can do is listen. And, this            is the big thing that is missing in Washington today. That’s why our campaign motto is YOU TALK. I LISTEN. WE DO! Our motto is driven by you talking, telling me what's important to you and your family; me listening, waking up each day thinking about what you say is important to your family and your community; and you and I working together to move our state and our country forward.’’

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Ty Pinkins for Mississippi

He continued attending classes on military bases around the world-finally earning his undergraduate degree while stationed in Okinawa, Japan. Several years later his military career culminated in the White House-serving both Republican and Democratic Presidents. 

Ty is a dedicated public servant. Because of his upbringing in the Delta, he has always believed in serving in low-income communities just like the one that gave him so much when it has so little to give in material terms. Upon retiring from the military, he co-founded The Pyramid Project, a nonprofit organization serving and inspiring youth from low-income communities by providing career and academic-related resources and mentorship opportunities. 

Traveling the Delta, Ty realized that many of the injustices and inequalities he, his family, and his neighbors faced decades earlier-like poverty, underfunded schools, lack of quality healthcare, and high unemployment-are still present. So he decided to do something about it! HE enrolled at the Georgetown University Law Center, earning his J.D. (Juris Doctor) and his LL.M. (Master of Laws) in National Security Law.

 

After graduating, Ty came right back home to Mississippi, to advocate on behalf of community members in some of Mississippi's 

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most neglected communities. As a community organizer, he fought for Mississippi workers facing unfair pay practices. He took these concerns all the way to Washington, D.C., testifying before Congress regarding the unfair employment practices Mississippi workers were facing. He then represented those workers in lawsuits resulting in Mississippi workers receiving substantial compensation for their lost wages.

 

Ty has traveled across numerous Mississippi counties, helping establish an organization to support women seeking elected office. In the face of discriminatory redistricting tactics, he helped redraw county electoral maps to ensure all community members have equal representation.

 

Through it all, Ty has never tired of serving in his community. Although his parents didn’t have much to give financially, they gave him something very important: an understanding of the power of giving back and the value of service to the community. From a young age, his parents taught him to stand up and fight for what’s right. His military career provided him with the leadership skills necessary to serve his community. And, the education he gained at some of America’s best institutions provided him with the tools necessary to have a positive impact in Mississippi.

 

And now he is running to continue his service to community as the next U.S.  next U.S. Senator from the great state of Mississippi. 

Ty Pinkins for Mississippi
Ty Pinkins for Mississippi
Ty Pinkins for Mississippi
Ty Pinkins for Mississippi

In electoral terms, Mississippi is divided into four key regions: The reliably blue Mississippi Delta, on the state’s western border hugging the Mississippi River, along with the broader 2nd Congressional District, which extends to the Gulf Coast; the northern region, bordering Memphis, which includes significant areas like DeSoto County, which is showing a trend away from Republican dominance. For example, in DeSoto County, Trump's victory margin decreased from 67%-31% in 2016, to 61%-37% in 2020, and then to 57%-41% for Tate Reeves in 2023. This region also encompasses the notable Golden Triangle. The central part of the state includes Madison, Ridgeland, and the capital city of Jackson; the Pine Belt, which includes Forrest County; and finally the Gulf Coast which includes Jackson, Harrison, and Hancock Counties. 

Ty Pinkins for Mississippi

The upcoming 2024 Senate election in Mississippi presents an unprecedented opportunity for Democratic candidates challenging the state's traditional alignment of the Republican party. Recent elections have shown a consistent decline in Republican vote share: from 57.9% in 2016 to 54.1% in 2020, and further to 50.9% in the 2023 gubernatorial race – the narrowest margin since 1999. The presence of Donald Trump on the ballot is expected to drive high voter turnout, a trend generally beneficial to Democrats. This effect is particularly significant in Mississippi, which boasts the highest proportion of African Americans (nearly 40%) in the nation. With projections indicating robust Democratic and Independent voter engagement in the 2024 presidential election, the dynamics in Mississippi will significantly shift in favor of the Democratic Senate candidate.

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Ty Pinkins for Mississippi
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Ty is a dedicated public servant. A decorated veteran of the U.S. Army, he served on active duty for 21 years including three tours in combat—earning the Bronze Star for his actions. After his military career, he used the GI Bill to attend the Georgetown University Law Center where he earned his J.D. (Juris Doctor) and his LL.M. (Master of Laws) in National Security Law. After finishing law school, he served as a community organizer and lawyer in some of Mississippi’s most underserved communities helping single mothers facing eviction in the middle of winter and representing low-income workers who were cheated out of their pay by big businesses.

 

Ty’s first run for office came about during the most recent statewide election, when the Democratic nominee for Mississippi Secretary of State had to drop out of the race for health reasons. With less than two months remaining until election day, and to ensure voters would have an option when they went to the polls, Ty stepped up to put his name on the ballot. Despite an obvious uphill climb, he garnered over 40% of the vote when more than 328,000 Mississippians selected him as their choice. He convincingly won 21 counties and came incredibly close to winning an additional nine counties which collectively voted 48.17% for the Democrat candidate.

 

Ty has started his 2024 run for U.S. Senate with a robust network of volunteers and supporters unparalleled by any other Democrats in the state, strong name ID coming off his previous run, and a road map for success paving the way to victory on November 5, 2024.

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As of October 2023, Mississippi has 1,926,819 registered voters. Historical data from the on-year election cycles of 2012, 2016, and 2020 suggests an anticipated turnout of 67%, equating to approximately 1,290,968 voters. With a base support of 328,067 voters who have previously voted for me, an additional 317,417 votes are required to achieve the target of 645,485 votes, considering a typical turnout year. That is only 66,794 votes more than the 578,691 votes Mike Espy garnered in the 2020 Senate race.  We will be targeting a persuasion universe of 952,251 voters.

 

Anticipating 2024 to be a year of heightened electoral activity, it’s prudent to calculate based on an increased turnout estimate. Adopting the highest recent turnout rate of 69.21%, based on the three most recent on-year elections, we expect up to 1,333,551 voters to go to the polls. To win, we need just over half of this number, specifically 666,776 votes, which is 88,085 more than Mike Espy's count in 2020. Consequently, our efforts will focus on a persuasion universe of 1,016,127  voters, using the most conservative turnout figure from the last three on-year election cycles as a  benchmark.

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Ty Pinkins for Mississippi

The Sweet Sixteen,’’ comprising DeSoto, Lafayette, Yalobusha, Grenada, Montgomery, Clay, Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Winston, Lauderdale, Madison, Hinds, Rankin, Forrest, Harrison, and Jackson Counties, are poised to be decisive battlegrounds in the 2024 Senatorial race, holding the key to victory. Their collective voting power will undoubtedly be influential and the shifting dynamics in many of these counties will be the deciding factor, shaping the state's political future and ultimately determining the outcome of the Senate race.

DeSoto County

Lafayette County

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DeSoto with a population of 185,314, making it the third-most populous county in Mississippi. Over the past several elections the Republican margin of victory in has steadily decreased from 67% - 31% in 2016, to 61% - 37% in 2020, and then to 57% - 41% in 2023. The county's shifting electorate, influenced by an influx from the Memphis suburbs, is poised to be a decisive factor in the upcoming 2024 elections.

Lafayette    is     slowly   slipping away from Republican’s grasp. In fact, in the most recent state-wide election, Republicans only won Lafayette by 627 votes out of nearly 15,000 ballots cast. Such a slim victory margin suggests a competitive political landscape leading into the upcoming 2024 cycle.  

Yalobusha County

DeSoto with a population of 185,314, making it the third-most populous county in Mississippi. Over the past several elections the Republican margin of victory in has steadily decreased from 67% - 31% in 2016, to 61% - 37% in 2020, and then to 57% - 41% in 2023. The county's shifting electorate, influenced by an influx from the Memphis suburbs, is poised to be a decisive factor in the upcoming 2024 elections. 

Montgomery County

Montgomery is another county which is trending blue evidenced by a razor-thin Republican victory of only 17 votes in 2023, a significant change from the 2020 results in which Democrats lost the county 53.81% - 44.50%.

Madison County

Madison’s narrowing Republican margin in 2023 indicates a possible Democrat flip in 2024. In 2020, Madison County had a voter turnout of more than 56,000 citizens. During that election, Republicans won 53.42% - 45.12%. However, in 2023, the Republican margin of victory was nearly completely wiped out as they carried the county by less than 1000 votes and Democrats narrowing that contest to 50.7% to 48.6%. Flipping Madison County in 2024 is absolutely possible and will play a significant role in success come November 5th.

Hinds County

Hinds remains a Democratic bastion, with potential for increased voter turnout among its 176,420 eligible voters. In 2020, Democrats won the county 75.44% - 23.65%. Likewise, in 2023 Democrats won the County 79.2% - 20.0%. However, there are more votes to be gained in Hinds County, which encompasses the states capital and most populous city of Jackson. In 2020, of Hinds County’s 176,420 voters, about 100,038 went to the polls. That’s a difference of 76,382 voters. Ensuring that all of these voters are registered and get to the polls will play an important role in success on November 5th. 

Grenada County

Grenada, like Yalobusha County, recently switched allegiances to the Democrats. In 2020 Democrats lost the county by only 534 votes. However, in 2023 Democrats won the County 52.9% - 45.6%. 

Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle, encompassing Clay, Lowndes, and Oktibbeha Counties, represents a stronghold for Democrats, with more potential voters yet to be tapped. With 57,283 voters showing up in 2020 out of a total voting-age population of 98,000. The drive to register more voters will be crucial for the 2024 turnout.

Winston County

Winston, which recently favored Democrats in 2023, shows potential for further gains. In 2020, the county went for Republicans 52.32%-46.45%. However, in the 2023 statewide election, Democrats won the county 50%-48%. Growing this lead will help secure an overall win in November 2024.

Lauderdale County

Winston, which recently favored Democrats in 2023, shows potential for further gains. In 2020, the county went for Republicans 52.32%-46.45%. However, in the 2023 statewide election, Democrats won the county 50%-48%. Growing this lead will help secure an overall win in November 2024.

Harrison County

Harrison’s changing demographics and a large pool of unengaged voters highlight the importance of voter registration for Democrats aiming for success in the 2024 elections. Located down on the Gulf Coast, it has been reliably Republican for a long time. However, the demographics are shifting as evidenced in the numbers from the past few elections. In 2020, Republicans won Harrison County by a margin of 57.04% - 40.12%. In 2023, Democrats narrowed that margin to 56.2% - 42.5%. However, However, the pivotal aspect of Harrison County's electoral landscape is its substantial Citizens of Voting Age Population (CVAP), which stands at 153,470. Notably, the 2020 elections saw only 75,699 of these individuals casting ballots. Furthermore, a mere 28% of this demographic participated in the 2023 polls, leaving almost 100,000 votes up for potential engagement. With an expected increase in voter turnout in 2024, there's a significant chance for the Democratic Party to make inroads in Harrison County. The mobilization and registration of Democratic voters could be instrumental in turning the tide in favor of Democrats in the upcoming election cycle.

Jackson County

Jackson County's potential for high Democratic turnout, with nearly half of its eligible voters not participating in the last election, underscores the importance of engagement and registration initiatives for the Democratic Party's strategy. Located on the Gulf Coast in the Southeastern corner of the state, Jackson County has been reliably Republican for a long time. However, in the 2020 elections, Jackson County saw 19,934 voters who identified as Democrats participate in the polls, out of a Citizens of Voting Age Population (CVAP) totaling 107,970. Despite this significant number, the overall turnout was just 54,267 voters. With a high turnout expected for the 2024 elections, there's a prime opportunity for the Democratic Party to strengthen its presence in Jackson County. A concerted effort to register Democratic voters could be key to clinching a Democratic victory 

Rankin County

Although strongly Republican, Rankin hosts a large number of Democrat voters. In 2020, Republicans won Rankin by a margin of 68.82% - 28.82%. However, in 2023 that spread was reduced to 65.7% - 33.5%. But Rankin County has a voting age population of 116,660 voters. In 2020, only 70,481 citizens went to the polls. That means there are more than 46,179 people eligible to vote who didn’t participate in the 2020 election. Again, given that 2024 is anticipated to be a high turnout year, registering as many Democrats as possible in this county (even though Rankin County will likely vote Republican) will play a significant role in success in November 2024.

Forrest County

Forrest’s transition to a competitive County, with a large number of non-voters, represents an opportunity for Democrat gains in 2024. In fact, over the past few election cycles, Forrest County has become a somewhat blue island in a sea of Republican red. In 2000, Republicans won the County 50.81% - 46.99%. However, in 2023 Democrats flipped Forrest, winning it by a margin of 49.7& - 48.9%. Additionally, 31,645 Forrest County citizens went out to vote in 2020. The County has a voting age population over more than 56,540 people, which means 24,895 people stayed home. This again means, in a high turnout year, which is what’s expected in 2024, getting as many of that 24,895 voters to register and vote Democrat as possible will play a huge roll in our victory come November 2024.

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The Ty Pinkins for U.S. Senate campaign stands before you as a testament to the power of perseverance and grassroots momentum. Despite the substantial funds amassed by Republican campaigns, including my opponent's impressive $4 million war chest, we have a unique story of resilience and rapid growth. Last year, stepping into the race for Secretary of State with only 45 days to the finish line, we faced an uphill battle. Yet, by election day, we had not only garnered nearly $100,000 in small dollar donations, but we also built a foundation of name recognition that is indispensable for our current campaign.

 

As we lean into the 2024 elections, our understanding of the financial landscape is clear. This campaign is not just about dollars and cents; its about making a statement that no amount of money can silence the voice of the people. To achieve victory in November, we need to raise $14.5 million, an ambitious goal, yes, but absolutely attainable with your support.

 

Weve calculated every step based on prior election cycles, and with your contributions, we can bridge the gap between being well-funded and being unstoppable. We have the strategy, the dedication, and the heart–all we need is the fuel to power our journey to the finish line. Join us, and let's prove that when united, we are an indomitable force. Lets win this, together.

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Jobs & an Economy That Works for all

          Build an American economy that benefits everyone, not just the wealthy.

 

          Prioritize middle and low-income communities for economic prosperity.

 

Healthcare as a Human Right

 

          Codify Roe v. Wade

 

          Ensure affordable, high-quality healthcare for all.

 

          Prevent families from going bankrupt due to prescription and medical expenses.

 

Quality Education for Every Child

 

          Equitably fund public schools to provide quality education for all students.

 

          Support the "Pay Teachers Act" to ensure fair compensation for our educators.

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Supports public funding for private schools.

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Ty Pinkins for Mississippi

Against common-sense gun reforms.

Supported overturning Roe v. Wade.

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Ty Pinkins for Mississippi

Voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act

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Against Medicaid expansion.

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Ty Pinkins for Mississippi

         Ty Pinkins proven leadership is essential for the people of Mississippi in the U.S.  Senate. His commitment to youth in underserved communities efforts against voter suppression, advocacy for low-income workers cheated by large corporations, and support for womens reproductive rights are commendable. I am proud to endorse Ty Pinkins for U.S. Senate.”

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LOVIE WEST, President, MS Federation of Democratic Women

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RICKEY COLE, Former Chair, MS Democratic Party

    I strongly endorse Ty Pinkins for U.S. Senate, confident in his unwavering commitment to Mississippi's prosperity. His exceptional background and proven track record assure me that he will champion policies fostering a robust middle-class economy. He is dedicated to safeguarding taxpayer interests, ensuring governmental accountability, and tirelessly striving to broaden opportunities and enhance quality of life for every Mississippian.”

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Ty Pinkins for Mississippi

FABIAN NELSON, State Representative, House District 66

         I wholeheartedly endorse Ty Pinkins for U.S. Senate, recognizing his “dedication to advocating for consumers, working families, and the most vulnerable communities in our state. His experience and demonstrated leadership assure me that he will be an outstanding senator, committed to diligently serving and achieving tangible results ing senator, committed to diligently serving and achieving tangible results for the people of Mississippi. I proudly support Ty Pinkins for U.S. Senate.”

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Ty Pinkins for Mississippi

TIMAKA JAMES-JONES, State Representative, House District 51

      Ty Pinkins is a proven and effective leader. We need him in the U.S. Senate, working across the aisle to build bridges around key issues like jobs and the economy,  health, and education, while protecting our environment, making college affordable and growing our middle class.”

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