Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves captured a second term Tuesday, defeating Brandon Presley, the second cousin of “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” Elvis Presley.
A majority of the few major surveys in the race showed Reeves leading his Democrat opponent in the deep-red state by only single digits. Only two out of the five surveys listed in the RealClearPolitics polling average had Reeves up by 11 points.
Democrats, with their well-financed candidate who had widespread name recognition, were excited in the home stretch of the relatively narrow race; Mississippi voted for former President Donald Trump nearly 58 percent to 41 percent just three years ago. Presley, the former mayor of small-town Nettleton and a state public service commissioner, campaigned as a populist Democrat