GOP picks up seats in Legislature; Dem leader Moak out

Republicans increased their majority in the 122-member state House from 67 to 73 in unofficial results Tuesday night and ousted the House minority leader, longtime Rep. Bobby Moak, D-Bogue Chitto, who fell to a GOP challenger in a race targeted by state Republican leaders.

Republicans appeared to have won all open seats, fended off challenges of all their incumbents except one, and defeated Moak and two other longtime incumbent Democrats. They appear to have fallen just one seat shy of their goal to gain a supermajority in Tuesday’s election.