Reeves faced a surprisingly close race that saw his rival, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, leading in polls for much of the year. That lead began to falter in the weeks leading up to the election, and Reeves received some last minute get-out-the-vote assistance from President Donald Trump, his son Donald Jr., and Vice President Mike Pence.
Ultimately, Reeves won both the popular vote and the majority of Mississippi House of Representatives districts, avoiding the need for lawmakers to become involved in the gubernatorial contest. (To win statewide office in Mississippi, a candidate must both win the popular vote and the majority of the state’s House of Representative districts. If no candidate wins both, the state’s House chooses who will fill the role.)
Overall, a victory for Reeves means continuity for Mississippians. He is largely expected to continue the policies he promoted as lieutenant governor, which included pro-business tax cuts, rejection of entitlement programs, and a staunchly anti-Medicaid expansion stance.
Who is Tate Reeves?
In the election, Reeves worked to cast Hood — who holds many conservative views — as a “liberal Democrat.” The governor-elect argued he was the race’s only true conservative, highlighting his record on the economy and the key issue of Medicaid.
Reeves sometimes refers to himself as Mississippi’s “fiscal watchdog,” and he used his tenure as lieutenant governor to push for lower taxes….