1978 United States Senate election in Mississippi
Cochran: 30–40% 40–50% 50–60% 60–70%
Dantin: 30–40% 40–50% 50–60% 60–70% 70–80%
Evers: 30–40% 40–50% 50–60% 60–70% 70–80%
The 1978 United States Senate election in Mississippi was held on November 5, 1978. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator James Eastland decided to retire. Republican Thad Cochran won the open seat.
- Thad Cochran, U.S. Representative from Jackson (Republican)
- Maurice Dantin, former District Attorney (Democratic)
- Charles Evers, Mayor of Fayette (Independent)
- Henry Jay Kirksey, civil rights activist and candidate for Governor in 1975 (Independent)
Evers was the first African American elected since the Reconstruction era to be mayor in any Mississippi city, in 1969. He ran as an independent, and as a result his campaign divided the Democrats and allowed Cochran to win the Senate seat with a 45 percent plurality. This made Cochran the first Republican in a century to win a statewide election (other than a presidential election) in Mississippi. Eastland resigned on December 27, 1978 to give Cochran a seniority advantage over new incoming senators.