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Reeves holds off Presley to win competitive Mississippi governor’s race

In what was a competitive race, incumbent Republican Gov. Tate Reeves held off Democratic challenger Brandon Presley on Tuesday night.

The Reeves campaign informed SuperTalk Mississippi News that Presley had called to concede with Reeves up eight points with over 80 percent of votes counted. Following months of mudslinging from both sides, the GOP governor took some time to commend his opponent on a race well-run.

“Brandon campaigned hard. He went to communities all over this great state,” Reeves told a cheering crowd at the Sheraton Hotel in Flowood. “Now, he and I will always have our differences. I think we made that pretty clear in this campaign, but I want to congratulate him on running hard all the way through.”

Reeves, who received a tactically late endorsement from former President Donald Trump, ran on tangible successes he’s already seen in office such as cutting the state’s income tax and raising teacher pay while vowing not to expand Medicaid – an idea Presley attempted to capitalize on as Mississippi continues to face one of the worst hospital crises in the nation.

A self-proclaimed “numbers guy,” Reeves said after the victory that he plans to continue working toward full income tax elimination while bringing more economic development into the state.

“We’re going to continue to fight to eliminate the state income tax in the state of Mississippi,” Reeves said. “We’re also going to continue to invest in our people, continue to invest in workforce development, continue to bring better and higher-paying jobs as we continue to see billions and billions of dollars in new capital investment right here in the great state of Mississippi.”

Presley, on the other hand, told supporters that he’s proud of the race his team put together as the public service commissioner and former Nettleton mayor managed to stop in all 82 counties in less than a year’s time while calling for ethics reforms, grocery tax cuts, among other policies.

“Tonight’s a setback but we’re not going to lose hope,” Presley said at The Faulkner in downtown Jackson. “We elevated issues that had to be elevated in

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