Republicans reinforced their dominance in Mississippi by maintaining the governorship and picking up a Democrat’s last remaining statewide office.
Second-term Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves on Tuesday defeated fourth-term Attorney General Jim Hood in the Mississippi governor’s race.
“I want to be the governor for all Mississippians, and I’m going to work hard every day to do that,” Reeves told The Associated Press after his victory.
In incomplete and unofficial results, Reeves led Hood on Tuesday night 53% to 46%, according to USA Today.
“We all know that campaigns are necessarily tough. Battles in the Legislature can be tough,” Reeves said. “But we only have one governor. And that one governor must serve one people and that means all the people of Mississippi.”
Republican State Treasurer Lynn Fitch, was elected attorney general on Tuesday. She defeated Democrat Jennifer Riley Collins, a military veteran and former director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi.
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Mississippi in the closing days of the campaign to endorse Reeves.
The president praised Reeves as “strong on Crime, tough on Illegal Immigration, and will protect your Second Amendment.”
“President Trump’s rally and endorsement in Mississippi undoubtedly had an impact and helped Governor-elect Tate Reeves nail down his victory,” Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement. “Governor Reeves will be a tremendous conservative leader for Mississippians in fighting for freedom and keeping taxes low.”
President Trump also congratulated Reeves, tweeting: “Great reaction under pressure Tate!”
Congratulations to @tatereeves on winning Governor of the Great State of Mississippi. Our big Rally on Friday night moved the numbers from a tie to a big WIN. Great reaction under pressure Tate!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2019
Vice President Mike Pence said Tate Reeves is the RIGHT choice for Governor of Mississippi.
.@tatereeves is the RIGHT choice for Governor of Mississippi! VOTE REPUBLICAN at the polls today!
— Mike Pence (@mike_pence) November 5, 2019
Barack Obama recorded a last-minute robocall in support of Hood.
Hood conceded the race at about 10:30 p.m., telling supporters, “We’ve run a good race. I appreciate your support, and we’ve had fun.”
Reeves, 45, served as elected treasurer for two terms before being elected lieutenant governor in 2011. This year, he campaigned to keep taxes low and restrict corporate government control. Reeves also said a vote for Hood is akin to a vote for “liberal” national Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“We’re gonna run this state like Donald J. Trump is running America,” Reeves told a crowd last month.
Ronna McDaniel, GOP Chairwoman, noted: “Reeves was down double-digits, but President Donald Trump came in big with his endorsement and rally, putting him over the top.”
Congratulations @TateReeves on being elected Governor of Mississippi!
Reeves was down double-digits, but @realDonaldTrump came in big with his endorsement and rally, putting him over the top.
A huge win for the President and our Party!
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) November 6, 2019
Includes reporting from the Associated Press