Tate Reeves defeats Jim Hood to become Mississippi’s next governor

Mississippi has elected a new governor.

Republican Tate Reeves edged out Democrat and four-term state Attorney General Jim Hood to take over the state’s top political seat as Mississippi’s next governor. Reeves will replace Phil Bryant who reached his two-term limit as governor.

The gubernatorial race between Reeves and Hood was one of the tightest races Mississippi has seen in decades.

Reeves pulled off enough of the state’s vote to secure 52.1% of the votes compared to Jim Hood’s 46.6% with the remaining 1.3% of the vote going to the other two candidates on the ballot.

As for Reeves, he shared a few words not long after he was announced the winner of last night’s race for governor. “It has been a long road. But it has been a good road. And I want you to know that I understand that this victory does not belong to me. This victory belongs to you. You got us through the primary. You got us through the runoff. And you got us through the toughest general election in the last 28 years in Mississippi.”

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