Mississippi is keeping two Republicans in the U.S. Senate as Democrats are strengthening their majority and Democrat Barack Obama is preparing for his presidency.
The state is returning three Democratic incumbents to the U.S. House and sending a new Republican to replace one who's retiring after 12 years.
Like most other most other southern states, Mississippi gave its presidential electoral votes on Tuesday to Republican John McCain.
Allan McBride, the chairman of the Political Science Department at the University of Southern Mississippi, says he is optimistic that the Obama administration will work with all states, including those in the South that voted for Republican John McCain.
Democratic Congressman Bennie Thompson says Mississippi's Republican statewide officials are going to have to work with the new Democratic leadership in Washington.