Democrats entered Tuesday’s election controlling two entities of state government – the office of Attorney General and the three-member Public Service Commission.
When the dust settled Tuesday night, Mississippi Democrats could not lay claim to any statewide office or statewide function of government
Jackson City Council member De’Keither Stamps’ close loss to Madison County’s Brent Bailey for the Central District Public Service commissioner post being vacated by Democrat Cecil Brown means the Republicans will hold a 2-1 advantage when the PSC convenes in January. And, of course, four-term Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood ran and lost his election for governor. Republican state Treasurer Lynn Fitch won the open seat of Attorney General, defeating Jennifer Riley Collins, to become the first woman elected to that office.
Perhaps the most important elections in terms of controlling state government was for the legislative seats. In the Senate, Republicans picked up three seats and will hold a 36-16 advantage. Perhaps, the only solace the Democrats can find is that, while some elections are still close, it appears that the Democrats will have one more seat in the House than they did at the beginning of the 2019 session. When the session begins in January unless recounts in a couple of close elections change things, Republicans will hold a 75-46 advantage in the House with one independent – Angela Cockerham of Magnolia, who served the last term as a Democrat.
“Yesterday was a great night for Republicans,” said outgoing Gov. Phil Bryant. “We won it all. Mississippi showed out and Republicans swept the statewide elected positions.”