Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves is facing a tough re-election campaign against Democratic challenger Brandon Presley.
Even though the state hasn’t elected a Democrat as Governor in this century, Reeves has plenty of cause for concern because his challenger is well funded and has a lot of famous people supporting him.
Fortunately for Reeves, his chances of getting re-elected just got a huge boost with President Trump giving him his endorsement on Wednesday.
President Trump is right! Mississippi is stronger under Governor Tate Reeves. We don’t need someone beholden to out-of-state donors in the Governor’s mansion. VOTE REPUBLICAN on November 7! pic.twitter.com/qOZq76YuZy
— Mississippi GOP (@MSGOP) November 1, 2023
From The Hill:
“Now Joe Biden wants to put his candidate — and this is his candidate, Brandon Presley — in as Mississippi’s governor. The citizens of Mississippi must not let that happen,” Trump said in a video shared by the Magnolia State’s GOP.
“Joe Biden’s people are funding Brandon Presley’s campaign. They own him. He’ll do whatever they want him to do,” the former president said.
Reeves is seeking his second term as Mississippi governor. He beat a pair of Republican challengers in a primary and will now go against Presley next Tuesday.
Trump in the Wednesday video offered his “total and complete endorsement” of the incumbent.
“The radical left maniacs who are attacking me are also after him,” he said.
“Donald Trump and the people of Mississippi back our campaign, while Brandon Presley is propped up by out of state money,” Reeves said Wednesday on X, the platform previously known as Twitter, sharing Trump’s endorsement.
Reeves also got the support of State Rep. Angela Cockerham.
Former Democrat turned Independent State Rep. Angela Cockerham makes the case for why Mississippians should support Tate Reeves on November 7th! pic.twitter.com/ehDNU1rooP
— Rev. Damien Jones aka Clarence Thomas’ play nephew (@NobleNegroe) October 26, 2023
Presley and Reeves are set to debate each other on Wednesday.
“Tate waited to debate 6 days before Election Day because he knows that — in front of a camera — he can’t hide from questions about the largest public corruption scandal in state history,” Presley said on X.
A former mayor of tiny Nettleton, Presley is wrapping up his fourth term as a state utility regulator for northern Mississippi.
He is endorsed by the state’s most powerful Black politician, U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, and one of the state’s most popular citizens, Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman.
Presley, a distant relative of Elvis Presley, has out-raised Reeves so far this year, but the Governor has more to spend.
— AFA Action (@AFAAction) May 6, 2023