Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves Wins 2nd Term Election

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Tate Reeves, a Republican governor of Mississippi, won a second term in this conservative state where his party is in power.

Reeves overcame opponent Brandon Presley, who actively campaigned and raised more money in an effort to give Democrats a historically rare statewide win in the Deep South.

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When Presley declared, hours after the polls closed, “Tonight’s a setback, but we’re not going to lose hope,” the atmosphere at his party in Jackson, the nation’s capital, was solemn. Issues in Mississippi had to be brought to the forefront, and this campaign did so.”

This GOP stronghold saw unusually close competition in the race. Reeves, however, won with a platform emphasizing increased employment, low unemployment, and advancements in education. Additionally, he portrayed Presley as a liberal who was out of step with Mississippi and supported by out-of-state donors.

“For you to believe Brandon Presley in anything that he says, you’ve got to believe that everything in Mississippi is bad,” Reeves said last week during the candidates’ only debate.

Elvis Presley’s second cousin, Presley, a state utility regulator, claimed that Reeves had harmed the state by declining to extend Medicaid to include those with lower-paying jobs that do not offer health insurance. Referring to welfare funds that were used for pet projects for the wealthy and well-connected rather than assistance for some of the poorest people in one of the poorest states in the country, Presley promised to clean up government corruption.

For the last twenty years, Republicans have controlled the governorship in Mississippi. They control a large majority in the Legislature as well as every office in the state. When Jimmy Carter of Georgia was running for president in 1976, it was the last time a Democrat had won the presidency in Mississippi.

Voters in the crucial Democratic stronghold in the state’s largest county had to wait in long lines at polling places as ballots ran out, throwing a wrench in the closely contested race. All polls in the county were mandated by a judge to stay open for an additional hour, until 8 p.m. CST. Four polling locations in some Jackson suburbs were ordered by a different judge to stay open until 9 p.m. for voting.

It was alleged that the Democratic election commissioners for Hinds County misjudged the turnout and did not have enough ballots on hand. Voters were kept waiting in long queues in frustration while batches of ballots came in and then ran out again.