Democrats hoped that trashing President Trump enough would lead to an election victory in the state of Mississippi last night. Instead, pro-life Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves on Tuesday defeated Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood to become the next governor of the state.
Reeves won with 52.2% of the vote compared to 46.6% for Hood, a 48,000+ vote margin of victory.
Reeves will succeed pro-life Gov. Phil Bryant, who is limited by term limits and was a pro-life champion.
Brad Parscale, Trump 2020 campaign manager credited the president with helping Reeves achieve victory.
“President Trump’s rally and endorsement in Mississippi undoubtedly had an impact and helped Governor-elect Tate Reeves nail down his victory. Governor Reeves will be a tremendous conservative leader for Mississippians in fighting for freedom and keeping taxes low. He will also be a key ally as 2020 approaches and President Trump continues building momentum for re-election,” he said.
Reeves has strongly supported pro-life legislation during his time as lieutenant governor. When the state legislature pushed its bill to ban abortions when a baby’s heart begins beating, he thanks the sponsors of the bill “for introducing legislation to stop the barbaric practice of ending life in the womb even though a heartbeat is plainly detected.”
“I am committed to making Mississippi the safest place in America for an unborn child,” he said at the time.
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Later, when abortion activists took that law to court, and an activist Obama judge blocked it, Reeves complained about Hood. Reeves criticized Hood for not doing more to defend the law. He also urged the state to appeal the ruling.
“Our Heartbeat Bill will save lives and protect a generation of Mississippi children with beating hearts,” the lieutenant governor said in a statement. “It is no surprise that the Obama-appointed lower court Federal Judge granted this injunction, nor is it a surprise that Jim Hood couldn’t find time in his schedule to show up to defend these unborn babies.”