A good example of conservatives winning: Mississippi
Friday, November 8, 2019
Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)
Mississippi represents a good example for unapologetic conservatives seeking public office, says a public policy analyst.
Magnolia State voters sent their current lieutenant governor to the governor’s mansion on Tuesday, ensuring Republican control of the executive branch after eight years of leadership from Republican Phil Bryant, the current term-limited governor.
Tate Reeves won the gubernational race by defeating the state’s attorney general, Jim Hood, in a closely-watched race in which the low-key and well-known Democrat was expected to woo white GOP voters with his blue-collar message of being a man of the people.
Reeves defeated Hood 52-46 percent, a difference of approximately 48,000 votes of approximately 862,600 ballots cast.
Dr. Jameson Taylor of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy says Mississippi voters elected conservative and pro-life Republicans in eight statewide offices as well as both houses of the state legislature.
“I believe that these elections show that Mississippi is now ground zero for the pro-life movement as well as conservatives generally,” he tells OneNewsNow, “and I believe the Republican Party should take note of that.”
Taylor says Mississippi’s success stories on Election Day don’t match those of “blue” Virginia, for example, because conservative voters don’t pick “lukewarm conservatives” who are squeamish about the Second Amendment, abortion, and religious liberty issues.
“They embraced religious liberty instead of running away from it,” Taylor says of Mississippi’s candidates, “and I believe the Mississippi election proves that the only path for Republicans is to go back to their roots and embrace these policies.”
Mississippi’s statewide elections predictably ended with low voter turnout since Election Day fell on an “off” year without a presidential candidate. The state’s voters chose Donald Trump 57-40 percent over Hillary Clinton in 2016, when 1.2 million Mississippians cast a ballot.
Even with the lower turnout, Mississippi voters chose a GOP candidate for lieutenant governor, state auditor, agriculture commission, and also attorney general after 16 years of Hood holding that office.
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