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+Tate Reeves (R)
459,396
51.91%
Jim Hood (D)
414,368
46.83%
David Singletary (I)
8,522
0.96%
Bob Hickingbottom (C)
2,625
0.3%

884,911

Plurality: 45,028 votes (5.08 percentage points).
 MS Secretary of State




Notes: Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves (R) defeated Attorney General Jim Hood (D) in a competitive and closely fought race to succeed term limited Gov. Phil Bryant (R).  Reeves was elected lieutenant governor in 2011 and re-elected in 2015 after serving two terms as state treasurer.  Hood, the only statewide elected Democrat, served four terms as attorney general, first elected in 2003.  Also running for governor were David Singletary (I), whose campaign centered on legalizing marijuana, and Bob Hickingbottom (C).

In the Aug. 6 Republican primary Reeves finished with 48.9% over former state Supreme Court Justice Bill Waller, Jr. at 33.4% and Robert Foster at 17.7%.  In the Aug. 27 primary runoff Reeves defeated Waller by 54.1% to 45.9%.  Meanwhile Hood easily won the Aug. 6 Democratic primary with 69.0% of the vote.

Reeves and Hood engaged in an hour-long debate
hosted by WJTV on the evening of Oct. 10 in the Joe Paul Theater at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg (+).  They engaged in a second hour-long debate hosted by WCBI in their studio on Oct. 14 in Columbus (+).

Both sides traded charges of abuse of power over an investigation conducted by the Attorney General's office into a frontage road that would have benefited Reeves. 

President Trump rallied with Reeves at BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo on Nov. 1 (+) and Vice President Mike Pence rallied with Reeves at Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum in Biloxi on Nov. 4.

As of the Oct. 29 pre-election reports, the Reeves campaign had spent $10.8 million and the Hood campaign $5.2 million (+).  PACs backed by the Republican Governors Association and the Democratic Governors Association weighed in, spending $1.6 million to support Reeves and $2.4 million to support Hood, according to WREG-3.  Mississippi Today reported Reeves loaned his campaign $1.3 million in the closing days of the campaign.

Reeves carried 50 counties to 32 for Hood; 24 of the counties that went for Hood were in a swath along the Mississipi Delta.

Campaign Managers:
Tate Reeves:  Clinton Soffer
(Jan. 2019)  Senior advisor on Patrick Morrisey for U.S. Senate (WV), July-Nov. 2018.  Vice president at 1892, LLC, Nov. 2017-July 2018.  Regional political director (Jan.-Nov. 2017) and national field director (Sept. 2015-Dec. 2016) at the NRSC.  National field director at the NRCC, Jan.-July 2015.  Political director on Cory Gardner for U.S. Senate, Apr.-Nov. 2014.  RNC state director in California, July 2013-Apr. 2014.  Council representative in San Diego, Dec. 2012-July 2013.  Campaign manager on George Plecia for State Senate (CA-39), June-Nov. 2012.  Campaign manager on Scott Sherman for City Council (San Diego), Jan.-June 2012.  Field representative in Orange County for the California State Assembly, Jan. 2011-Jan. 2012, 
Field representative in San Diego for the California State Assembly, Jan. -July 2009.  Started in politics as a volunteer coordinator in Escondido n Victory '06/Schwarzenegger for Governor.  B.A. in political science from UC San Diego, 2011.

Jim Hood:  Michael Rejebian
Principal at Huffman & Rejebian in Jackson.  Co-author of We're With Nobody: Two Insiders Reveal the Dark Side of American Politics (HarperCollins, 2012).  His author bio states he " has been a journalist and newspaper reporter in Texas and Mississippi; director of communications for the Office of Mayor, City of Jackson, Mississippi; political advisor to the Attorney General of Mississippi and a partner at Huffman & Rejebian."








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