A candidate needs a majority in the popular vote and must win a majority of Mississippi's 122 state counties. If neither candidate meets both requirements, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives will select the winner.
The electoral process, as written in the constitution of the state in 1
Critics of the system say it "dilutes" the will of African-America in favor of white neighborhoods and government officials.
"In the absence of court intervention, the challenged provisions will continue to violate the constitutional and legal rights of African-American voters in Mississippi, dilute African-American votes, and violate the one-person, one-vote principle in the upcoming general election and in each state election for years to come, "according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Mississippi.
The regulation increases white control because" the vast majority of county districts have a predominantly white population that can easily outsmart A smaller number of
While Mississippi has the highest proportion of African-Americans from every state in the country, no African-American has not won state-level civil service after reconstruction.  Kate Sullivan and CNN's Eli Watkins contributed to this report.