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Democrat challenger in Mississippi governor race Presley concedes, GOP's Reeves wins second term

Presley conceded the race before a projected winner was called

Published: November 7, 2023 11:43pm

Updated: November 8, 2023 12:27am

The Democrat challenger in the Mississippi governor's race, Brandon Presley, conceded to GOP incumbent Gov. Tate Reeves, giving him a second term. 

As of late Tuesday night, Reeves was leading by about seven points over Presley, 52.5% to 46.1%, with about 80% of the votes counted. 

Presley's campaign raised $11.3 million while Reeves' campaign raised $6.2 million, CNBC reports.

Voting times in populous Hinds County were extended due to multiple polling places having ballot shortages. A judge extended voting times in four precincts to 10 p.m. EST, while other precincts can vote until 9 p.m.

Reeves is the Trump-endorsed candidate who first became governor in 2020. 

“Thank you to President Trump for this great endorsement," Reeves said following the endorsement, according to local outlets. "His work to make America great again led our nation to record economic growth, lower taxes, a stronger position on the world stage, and a safer country. I’m proud of the work we’ve done to champion those same conservative policies and pro-America agenda in Mississippi.”

Presley ran his campaign primarily on expanding Medicaid. 

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