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GOP Wins Governor, Control of All Mississippi State Offices for First Time Since 1800s

Republicans swept all eight statewide offices in Mississippi, including governor, for the first time since the Reconstruction period shortly after the Civil War. Republican Tate Reeves, the current lieutenant governor, beat Democrat Jim Hood, the current attorney general, and will assume his new office in January. At the same time, Republican Lynn Finch will become the new attorney general. Hood was the last Democrat still holding statewide office in Mississippi. He has been attorney general since voters first elected him in 2003. 

Reeves had help from President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, who both campaigned with him in Mississippi over the past week. During his rally with Reeves, Trump said it was “embarrassing” that the election was so close. Reeves ran a campaign light on Mississippi policy, but heavy on national politics, with a particular focus on his adoration for Trump.