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Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves Wins Governor's Race

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves Wins Governor's Race
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Rep. Gov-Elect Tate Reeves Addressing Supporters Election Night
AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis

Mississippi's Republican Lt. governor is celebrating his victory after a competitive race governor's seat. MPB's Desare Frazier reports.

Mississippi voters elected Republican Lt. Governor Tate Reeves with 52 percent of the vote to Hood's 46 percent. Reeves in his victory speech recognized supporters.

"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," said Reeves.

During the campaign Reeves' focused on conservative values, promoting fiscal responsibility including cutting taxes.

"Governing as a conservative gets you elected in Mississippi and trying to veer off some other path is not the way to go. We've been blessed a lot of people turned out today. Hundred and hundreds and hundreds of thousands of Mississippians voted for us tonight," said Reeves.

Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood in his concession speech thanked his supporters. He said partisanship was a factor in the race that he even noticed in his hometown of Houston.

"That partisanship was a very strong factor. I mean the people in that area up there that I've known for years decided that partisanship is more important than friendship," said Hood.

In the final days of the campaign both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence campaigned for Reeves in Mississippi.