Senate races to be closely watched

JACKSON (MCT) — It is almost a foregone conclusion that a Republican — current Treasurer Tate Reeves — will preside over the Senate as lieutenant governor.

The Democrats did not field a candidate for the powerful office of lieutenant governor, leaving only Reform Party candidate Tracella Lou O’Hara Hill to challenge Reeves in the Nov. 8 general election.

Still, Democrats have a chance to increase their influence in the Mississippi Senate. Republicans currently have a 27-24 majority with a vacancy caused by the death of Sen. Jack Gordon, D-Okolona, in Senate District 8.

If the Democrats could wrestle a majority on Nov. 8, that would put them in a much stronger bargaining position.