UPDATE: AG Jim Hood to make announcement Wednesday in Houston

Jim Hood | Photo: Facebook

The only Democrat holding statewide office in Mississippi is taking steps indicating he will run for governor in 2019.

Posted: Oct 1, 2018 4:57 PM
Updated: Oct 2, 2018 9:33 AM

Update 10/02/18

The following statement was released Monday by Attorney General Jim Hood:

“Out of respect for the Brookhaven police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty last weekend, I will suspend my planned statewide announcements until further notice. I will make a single announcement in my hometown of Houston on Wednesday at 9 a.m. on the steps of the Chickasaw County Courthouse so that I can attend the funerals of these brave officers on Wednesday and Thursday. Please keep the families of Patrolman James White and Corporal Zach Moak and all of the Brookhaven Police Department in your thoughts and prayers.”

See the original post below.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The only Democrat holding statewide office in Mississippi is taking steps indicating he will run for governor in 2019.

Fourth-term Attorney General Jim Hood has changed his Twitter account name to @HoodForGovernor and has a campaign phone line that's answered as "Jim Hood for governor."

Hood has said for months that he's considering running for the state's top political office, which will be open next year because Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is limited to two terms and cannot run again.

Republicans have held the Mississippi Governor's Mansion six of the past seven terms.

Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is expected to run for governor and would enter the race with a big fundraising advantage. Campaign finance records show Reeves has nearly $5.4 million cash on hand, compared to Hood's $656,400.

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