Mississippi’s Democratic leaders were doing an end-zone dance after last week’s municipal elections.
They went toe-to-toe with the state Republican party in four key mayoral races and, for the first time in a very long while, defeated the red tide that has swept over Mississippi politics since the turn of this century.
A joint news release from the state Democratic Party and Democratic Trust was nearly giddy. It proclaimed “major historic victories” in Meridian, Ocean Springs, Starkville and Tupelo, and “personal defeats for (Gov.) Phil Bryant, (Lt. Gov.) Tate Reeves and the leadership of the Mississippi Republican Party.”