Leadership of Mississippi House Still Pending

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Control of the Mississippi House of Representatives remained in question Wednesday as ballot counting
continued in tight races.

Republican officials, confident that GOP candidates would
prevail, claimed they had a majority.

But Rickey Cole, executive director of the state Democratic
Party, refused to concede, saying only, "It's awfully close."

Republicans needed to pick up eight seats to claim control of
the 122-seat House for the first time since Reconstruction.

County officials continued to count absentee ballots Wednesday, and as many as 15 races remained in doubt.

If no leads change, Republicans would pick up 10 seats in the House, giving them a 64-58 majority.

Republicans already hold a majority of Senate seats and retained control of the governor's office with Tuesday's election of Phil Bryant.


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