Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood visited New Albany Monday afternoon, October 21, arriving in his own pickup truck.
Mississippi’s top elected law enforcement officer, Hood met with several local law enforcement officers and others at the Union County Courthouse.
Hood, the Democratic candidate for Mississippi governor in the Nov. 5 general election, is about to complete four terms as Mississippi Attorney-General. He will face two-term Republican Lieutenant-Governor Tate Reeves on Nov. 5th.
Prior to being elected attorney-general, Hood served two terms as district attorney for the Third Circuit Court District, which includes Union County.
He lives in New Houlka , Mississippi.
Hood easily won the Democratic nomination for governor in the August 7 primary, with 68.8% of the vote statewide. He handily carried Union County in the primary.
Reeves won the statewide Republican run-off over former Mississippi Supreme Court Chief William Waller, Jr., defeating Waller 54.3% to 45.7%. However, Reeves lost to Waller in Union County. Waller got 57% of the Union County vote in the run-off, compared to 43% for Reeves.
Reeves has heavily outspent Hood in the gubernatorial campaign to date. And, Reeves still has the money to pour in far more dollars than the attorney-general in the two-weeks remaining in the election campaign.
While Hood travels the state driving himself in his pickup, Reeves gets around the state in a million-dollar bus emblazoned with his photo and campaign slogans.
Many Republican voters are disaffected by Reeves. He is considered hostile to public education, and some have called him “arrogant.” Many, including Republican elected officials, have declared they will vote for Democrat Hood. The question is: how many Waller voters will cross over and vote for Hood in the general election?
The answer to that question is what gives Hood gives a fair chance of winning on Nov. 5, in spite of having been overwhelmingly outspent by Reeves.MS politics, New Albany MS, Union County MS