Gov. Tate Reeves (R-MS) won his reelection run against Democratic opponent Brandon Presley.
Reeves was expected to win but some concerns remained as Presley pushed hard in the closing weeks to bridge the gap in state polls.
Mississippi election: Gov. Tate Reeves wins reelection bid over Brandon Presley https://t.co/w0GcT55znK
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) November 8, 2023
"Heading into Election Day, the governor was projected to win his race by a similar margin to his 2019 victory in which he defeated Democratic former state Attorney General Jim Hood, 52.1% to 46.6%," the Washington Examiner reported.
"At the time Presley conceded, Reeves was roughly in that ballpark, with 52.4% of the vote with 88% of votes in," it added.
Gov. Tate Reeves defeated Brandon Presley and will serve another term in office. https://t.co/radYumnfpd
— WTVA 9 News (@wtva9news) November 8, 2023
"Reeves won a late endorsement from former President Donald Trump to go with heavy support from the Republican Governors Association and the Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America’s Candidate Fund," NBC News reported.
"And the Reeves campaign spent almost $10 million on ads promoting his re-election. That was more than enough to secure another win for him in the GOP-friendly state," it continued.
Reeves has long served as a conservative leader in Mississippi. He first won a role as the state's treasurer in 2003 and continued the role with yet another term leading the people of his state.
The governor's win was part of mixed results for conservatives in the off-year elections held Tuesday. In Kentucky, Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear held off his GOP challengers, while Republicans flipped Long Island, New York, for the first time in years.
In Virginia, Democrats also won back control of the House of Delegates, leading to a faceoff with Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin.
The battles are set to continue in the months ahead as the nation focuses on the 2024 election, including the campaign for president and control of Congress.