Republican Tate Reeves wins Mississippi governorship

Republican Tate Reeves wins Mississippi governorship 1 (Photo by Brandon Dill/Getty Images)

Mississippi Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves won Mississippi’s governor’s race, ensuring at least four years more of full GOP control in the state capital of Jackson.

Despite the state’s ruby-red conservative political status, Reeves found himself in a virtual tie until the very end against the state’s Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood, elected to that post four times. The Associated Press called the race with Reeves ahead of Hood 54%-45%, with most votes counted.

President Trump visited Mississippi on Saturday to rally the Republican base to vote for Reeves, and at one point, asked the raucous crowd why the race was even close.

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