Nov 6, 2019

GOP's Tate Reeves wins Mississippi gubernatorial election

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Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves overcame a tough challenge from Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood to be elected Mississippi’s governor late Tuesday, AP reports.

The big picture: Both Hood and Reeves seemed within striking distance of the seat leading up to Tuesday's vote in the traditionally red state.

Between the lines: A Jim Crow-era law requires a candidate to win the majority of the popular vote and the majority of the state's 122 state house districts to secure the governorship.

  • A Democrat has not held the gubernatorial seat since 1999.

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3 states' consequential off-year elections: Where it stands

Residents vote on Nov. 5 in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo: John Sommers II/Getty Images

Democrats flipped Virginia's state Senate and House of Delegates on Tuesday, while Kentucky Democrat Andy Beshear held a razor-thin lead over his Trump-backed opponent and the Republicans held on to win the Mississippi governor's mansion.

The big picture: Democrats' win in Virginia adds control of the House of Delegates and the state Senate to the governor's mansion. President Trump used the House impeachment inquiry against him as a political rallying cry in Mississippi and Kentucky gubernatorial races — but its success in campaigns has yet to be seen.

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Trump rallies for governor hopeful and rails against Warren in Louisiana

President Trump gestures at his rally in Monroe, La., on Wednesday. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump urged voters at a rally in Monroe, Louisiana, Wednesday night to back businessman Eddie Rispone's bid to unseat the state's Gov. John Bel Edwards (D), whom he labeled a "radical, liberal," ahead of the Nov. 16 runoff.

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Democrats take control of both houses of Virginia legislature

The Virginia General Assembly. Photo: Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Democrats on Tuesday took control of the state House and Senate in Virginia's General Assembly in the state's off-year elections, the AP projects.

Why it matters: The results in Virginia may foreshadow dynamics for 2020, including Democratic turnout, mobilization by gun control activists and concerns about Trump among suburban voters, Axios' Margaret Talev says.

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