Governor Touted Low Unemployment and TeacherPay to Win Election


Written by Jaylin R. Smith

After a long, tedious battle against Democrat candidate Brandon Presley, Republican Governor Tate Reeves successfully secured his second term as governor.

Winning the election by an estimated 36,000 thousand votes, Reeves carried 51.5 percent of voting Mississippians to double down on his conservative policies.

At the end of the campaign trail, office seekers gave a final speech at the Mississippi Economic Council Hobnob event in Jackson. At the state capital, Reeves spoke about the funding of his opponent’s campaign by far-left liberals who wanted change for Mississippi.

“They don’t just want to change governors; they want to change Mississippi. 

If you believe in far-left policies, if you’re a radical liberal, a thriving Mississippi does not work for you,” said Reeves.

The campaign trail for Governor Reeves has not been an easy journey. Being called out multiple times by Democrat candidate Brandon Presley for a $77 million dollar welfare scandal, the refusal of the expansion of Medicaid, and many other questionable policies, Reeves chose to shed very little light on his opponent’s sentiments regarding his term as governor. After being

challenged to multiple debates by Presley, Governor Reeves finally agreed to a gubernatorial debate that took place on Wednesday, November 1st.

The debate between the two candidates showed the true polarity in their politics for Mississippi.

“To believe anything that Brandon says, you’ve got to believe everything about Mississippi is bad, and I just don’t believe that,” Reeves said.

Brandon Presley, the previous mayor of Nettleton, Mississippi, was elected to the Mississippi Public Service Commission and has served for almost two decades. While he has had longevity in public service, Presley was just not as successful as Governor Reeves in solidifying the majority of voting Mississippians.

“It’s clear, very clear, that Tate Reeves is the same ole regurgitated, cardboard cutout, scripted politician with the same ole ideas that are worn out, his campaign is worn out, and he’s going to be out of office,” Presley said.

At the Mississippi Economic Council Hobnob event and the gubernatorial debate, Governor Reeves moves forward into his newly won election, reflecting over the achievements of his previous term. He highlights the two percent decrease in the state’s unemployment rate as well as a statewide increase in annual teacher salary as monuments of his success and his re-election.

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