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Mississippi Republicans sweep governor, 6 statewide offices

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Here's a look at key state-wide races in Mississippi from Nov. 5.

Posted: Nov 6, 2019 9:47 AM
Updated: Nov 13, 2019 1:32 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi voters handed Republicans continued control of the governor's office and victories in six other statewide races, as they also decided a host of legislative and local offices. Here's a look at the key races on Mississippi ballots:

GOVERNOR

Republicans are keeping their hold on the governorship in Mississippi, despite facing the best-funded Democrat in more than a decade.

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves on Tuesday defeated Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood and two candidates who ran low-budget campaigns.

Gov. Phil Bryant is stepping down, limited by state law to two terms. Reeves is completing his second term as lieutenant governor after serving two terms as the elected state treasurer.

Hood is finishing his fourth term as attorney general.

Reeves pointed to progress in education and the state's good financial condition. Hood called for expansion of health insurance to more people, further investment in roads, and higher pay for teachers.

Republicans have been governor in Mississippi for 24 of the last 28 years. The last Democratic governor lost in 2003 as he sought a second term.

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

Republican Delbert Hosemann has defeated upstart Democrat Jay Hughes to become Mississippi's next lieutenant governor.

Hosemann, after three terms as secretary of state, rode the self-deprecating campaign style he built there to the powerful office that oversees the state Senate.

He beat Hughes, an Oxford businessman who ran a campaign centered on support for public schools and teachers. Hosemann sounded some similar themes as Hughes, pledging a teacher pay raise every year. Hosemann supports much of a proposal by Mississippi's hospitals to expand coverage to poor adults under the Medicaid program, with hospitals and insured people paying the state's contribution. Hosemann also wants to let counties raise fuel taxes to repair local roads and bridges.

ATTORNEY GENERAL

Mississippi's two-term state treasurer won a promotion to attorney general, as Lynn Fitch became the first woman to win the office. Fitch beat Democrat Jennifer Riley Collins on Tuesday. Hood had served four terms as attorney general before running for governor.

Fitch said she wants to fight opioids and human trafficking and protect vulnerable Mississippians from harm. Collins, a retired Army colonel and former director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi, said she wanted to do more to make sure law enforcement officers receive life-saving equipment and training.

SECRETARY OF STATE

Republican Michael Watson won his race to be Mississippi's next secretary of state, beating Democrat Johnny DuPree.

Watson, a lawyer who lives in Hurley, campaigned on having the secretary of state's office take over issuing driver's licenses. He has also called for checking whether people are U.S. citizens after they register to vote. DuPree is the former mayor of Hattiesburg and 2011's gubernatorial nominee for the Democrats. He campaigned on creating online voter registration for new voters and allowing no-excuses early voting.

TREASURER

Republican David McRae defeated Democrat Addie Lee Green to become state treasurer. The GOP nominee, who loaned his campaign $1.7 million of his own cash, won the office on his second attempt, after losing a Republican primary to incumbent Lynn Fitch four years ago. Fitch ran for attorney general instead of seeking reelection.

The descendant of a family who owned Mississippi's leading department store chain, McRae touted experience managing family money.

Green, a former Bolton alderwoman, campaigned on doing more to publicize unclaimed property.

AUDITOR

Republican state Auditor Shad White was unopposed.

AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER

Former state representative Andy Gipson won his first full term as Mississippi's agriculture commissioner, defeating Democrat Rickey Cole.

Gipson was appointed to the post last year by Gov. Phil Bryant while in the middle of his third term in the state House. He succeeded Cindy Hyde-Smith, who became a U.S. Senator. A lawyer by training, the Braxton resident has pledged to do more to connect consumers to locally grown food. He also wants to expand international sales opportunities for Mississippi producers and do more to train future farmers and agricultural workers.

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER

Mike Chaney, Mississippi's Republican insurance commissioner, won a fourth term on Tuesday, defeating Democratic challenger Robert Amos of Byram

A former state lawmaker from Vicksburg, Chaney said he will continue trying to get private insurers to write more policies that cover wind and hail damage in hurricane-prone coastal areas. He also says he wants to divert part of a tax on insurers to pay for rural firetrucks and a limited form of insurance for firefighters.

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSIONER

In the southern district, Republican Dane Maxwell beat Democrat Connie Moran for a seat on the utility regulatory body, while in the central district, Republican Brent Bailey was competing with Democrat De'Keither Stamps.

Maxwell, the mayor of Pascagoula, said he wants to work to expand internet service in rural areas and seek ways to help cities and counties win grants to improve accessibility. Moran, the former mayor of Ocean Springs, called for focus on economic development, expanding access to natural gas, high speed internet and good cellphone coverage.

Bailey, a Canton resident making his second bid for the office, wants to do more to allow consumers to sell self-generated solar energy to utilities and complete permanent energy efficiency rules to replace temporary programs. Stamps, a Jackson City Council member, wants to work with city and county governments and school districts to save energy and cut utility bills.

Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley, a Democrat, was unopposed in the northern district.

TRANSPORTATION COMMISSIONER

Republican John Caldwell beat Democrat Joey Grist in the northern district, while Democrat Willie Simmons was facing Republican Butch Lee in the central district.

Caldwell is a former DeSoto County supervisor. The Nesbit resident said north Mississippi isn't getting its fair share of road money. He supported increased maintenance funding and says a fuel tax increase might be needed. Grist, a former state House member and Tupelo resident, said Mississippi should focus on awarding transportation contracts to in-state companies and reduce tax exemptions to out-of-state companies.

Simmons is a longtime state senator from Cleveland who emphasizes his relationships with other state leaders. Lee emphasizes his experience as Brandon mayor. Simmons supports a 10-cents-a-gallon increase in the fuel tax. Lee wants part of a tax on internet sales for state roads and says he'd support a fuel tax increase for long-term items including bridges.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 69374

Reported Deaths: 1989
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds5768121
DeSoto375331
Harrison265136
Madison248972
Jackson239145
Rankin232238
Jones194762
Forrest185857
Washington172244
Lee156342
Lauderdale143993
Neshoba130694
Lamar124115
Bolivar115636
Warren113735
Oktibbeha113639
Lowndes110240
Panola109117
Sunflower107127
Lafayette101820
Scott101720
Copiah97128
Leflore95968
Pike95137
Holmes92349
Yazoo87013
Pontotoc8579
Grenada85626
Lincoln84643
Monroe83155
Simpson82131
Leake79927
Coahoma78913
Wayne78921
Tate74630
Marshall7299
Union70017
Marion68921
Adams64226
Covington63715
Winston63516
George6038
Pearl River56740
Newton55511
Tallahatchie54711
Attala53325
Walthall51121
Chickasaw48819
Noxubee46312
Tishomingo4449
Prentiss44110
Alcorn4395
Calhoun4269
Smith41213
Claiborne40914
Hancock40915
Jasper4089
Clay40414
Itawamba39510
Tippah38814
Tunica3657
Montgomery3456
Clarke34328
Lawrence3298
Yalobusha31810
Humphreys29912
Quitman2751
Carroll26211
Greene26213
Perry2488
Webster24813
Amite2406
Jefferson Davis2406
Kemper24014
Stone2245
Wilkinson22013
Sharkey2065
Jefferson1967
Benton1541
Choctaw1384
Franklin1352
Issaquena272
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 100801

Reported Deaths: 1814
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson13463261
Mobile10671216
Montgomery6955153
Madison551035
Tuscaloosa432780
Unassigned398568
Baldwin371029
Shelby336137
Marshall319938
Lee272447
Morgan242520
Etowah219034
DeKalb185214
Calhoun182819
Elmore176739
Walker154865
Houston145013
Russell13912
Limestone137813
St. Clair137520
Dallas134725
Franklin130822
Cullman123812
Colbert122518
Lauderdale120320
Autauga118822
Escambia109417
Jackson10724
Talladega106914
Tallapoosa87679
Dale85029
Chambers84838
Chilton8279
Blount8255
Clarke82110
Coffee7796
Butler77336
Covington74621
Pike7167
Marion58726
Barbour5816
Lowndes57524
Marengo56817
Bullock49211
Hale48826
Winston45711
Bibb4535
Washington44913
Perry4464
Wilcox43610
Monroe4246
Pickens41110
Randolph40311
Conecuh39410
Sumter36618
Lawrence3563
Macon34114
Crenshaw3318
Choctaw28912
Cherokee2798
Clay2775
Geneva2652
Henry2643
Greene25311
Lamar2302
Fayette2235
Cleburne1291
Coosa1053
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