Democrat Attorney General Jim Hood trounced Republican Al Hopkins in Tuesday’s election, overcoming a barrage of attack ads to win a second term in office.
Also, Republican state Treasurer Tate Reeves, coasted to a second-term victory over Democrat Shawn O’Hara of Hattiesburg. A third incumbent, Republican Agriculture Commissioner Lester Spell, was fending off a strong challenge from Democrat Rickey Cole.
Republican Delbert Hosemann of Jackson defeated Democrat Rob Smith of Richland in the secretary of state’s race.
Republican Stacey Pickering of Soso defeated Democrat Mike Sumrall of Mount Olive in the open state auditor’s seat that was vacated by Republican Phil Bryant, who won the lieutenant governor’s race.