Republican Tate Reeves has been elected as Mississippi’s next Governor.
Reeves defeated Democrat Jim Hood, and when the race was called, he held a 53.5% to 45.2% lead. Independent candidate David Singletary grabbed 1% of the vote, and Constitution Party candidate Bob Hickingbottom finished with .3%.
On his way to becoming the Governor-elect, the current Lt. Governor received high profile support from President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and current Governor Phil Bryant. Following the election, President Trump tweeted his congratulations to Reeves.
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
In his victory speech, Reeves looked to the future and thanked his family & his supporters. You can view his full speech below.
Hood gave his concession speech at his campaign event, and said that even in defeat, he feels that the race brought many important issues to light.
Earlier today, many people believed this race could’ve been decided in the Mississippi House of Representatives, but Reeves was able to receive a majority of the popular vote and carry a majority of the state’s House Districts to win the election.
Reeves’ victory headlines a Republican sweep of statewide offices in Mississippi.