Who will take charge in the Magnolia State following the Mississippi governor election 2019?
Of the three states choosing governors in the 2019 off-year elections, Mississippi is the only state guaranteed to have a new chief executive in 2020. Gov. Phil Bryant (R) is term-limited after serving eight years in the governor’s office, so both parties will be searching for their standard-bearers to replace him.
Mississippi politics was in the news late in 2018 as the eyes of the country were on the 2018 Mississippi US Senate special election. Incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith (R) won, but the strong performance of Mike Espy (D) raised hopes that perhaps Democrats could become competitive here once again. Republicans are on a win streak in Mississippi, taking the last four gubernatorial elections and holding all but one statewide office. That one statewide office holder is running, by the way.
Do the Democrats have a shot here, or will Mississippi remain red?
Mississippi Governor Election 2019 Candidates
Declared candidates list updated January 20, 2019
|Tate Reeves (Lieutenant Governor)|
|Robert Foster (State Representative, 28th District)|
|Jim Hood (Attorney General)|
|Velesha Williams (Army veteran)|
|Albert Wilson (Businessman)|
Mississippi Governor Election 2019: Early Look
Mississippi Governor Election Day 2019
Primary: August 6, 2019
Primary Runoff: August 27, 2019
General Election: November 5, 2019
Mississippi Governor Election 2019 Prediction
In the words of most people getting up for work on a Monday morning, it’s too early. Check back a little later in 2019 for an update.
Mississippi Governor Election 2019 Analysis, January 20, 2019
It would seem at this early stage that Tate Reeves and Jim Hood are the men to beat in their respective primaries. As for a general election matchup, opinion polling on this race is so old that that’s the only thing about it which we care to mention. (Link: Ballotpedia)
Reeves has the advantage of being a Republican in Mississippi. That would make him the presumptive favorite to win the election, but do not discount Jim Hood. The state’s only elected Democrat officer, Hood is a four-term attorney general who has won all of his elections decisively since 2003. He is a factor in Mississippi politics and is the most prominent candidate Democrats could offer in the state at this time.