Winners Declared in Several Statewide Races

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Republican Tate Reeves of Flowood handily won Tuesday as lieutenant governor of Mississippi.

Reeves defeated Reform Party candidate Tracella Lou O'Hara Hill.

Democrats did not field a candidate in the race.

Reeves, 37, had been state treasurer for two terms. Hill, of
Petal, spent only about $200 on her campaign.

Incumbent state Auditor Stacey Pickering defeated Reform Party candidate Ashley Norwood to win re-election
to a second term as Mississippi state auditor.

Campaign finance reports showed Pickering, a Republican from Laurel, heavily outspent Norwood in his quest for re-election.

Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney won re-election in Tuesday's voting in Mississippi.

Chaney, a Republican from Vicksburg, defeated Democrat Louis Fondren of Gautier and Reform Party candidate Barbara Dale Washer of Hattiesburg.

Chaney, 67, was first elected commissioner in 2007. He had counted among his achievements digitizing department
records, updating the agency's website, recruiting 140 new
insurance companies to the state, completing a hurricane wind mitigation study, helping create a $20 million grant-based mitigation program for Gulf Coast homeowners and giving back policyholders more than $11 million.

He also said the Insurance Department had recovered nearly $154 million related to jailed financial swindler Martin Frankel.

But opponents had charged more could be done to keep insurance rates low in Mississippi.

Republican Lynn Fitch defeated Democratic and Reform Party candidates to win election as Mississippi's state
treasurer in voting on Tuesday.

Fitch, a Republican from Madison, defeated Democrat Connie Moran, the mayor of Ocean Springs, and Reform Party candidate Shawn O'Hara of Hattiesburg.

Fitch has been on leave as director of the state Personnel
Board. Treasurer Tate Reeves ran for lieutenant governor.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann was unopposed in the general election.

Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith of Brookhaven won election Tuesday as Mississippi agriculture commissioner.

Hyde-Smith, 52, was opposed by Democrat Joel Gill, the mayor of Pickens, and Reform Party candidate Cathy L. Toole of Biloxi.

Hyde-Smith and her husband, Mike, are cattle farmers and
partners in Lincoln County Livestock, where weekly cattle auctions are held.

She is a three-term state senator, serving as chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee the past two terms.

Hyde-Smith had been a Democrat but switched to the Republican Party last December. She defeated two candidates in August to win the Republican nomination.

Incumbent Attorney General Jim Hood won re-election to a third term.

Hood, a Democrat from Brandon, was opposed by former Public Safety Commissioner Steve Simpson, a Republican from Gulfport.

Hood, 49, was district attorney in seven north Mississippi
counties before winning the open office of attorney general in 2003.

He is the only Democrat in statewide elected office in
Mississippi.


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