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Fox News: Mississippi’s Gubernatorial Race Is “Surprisingly Close”

Tate Reeves “has been loosely named” in the welfare scandal where taxpayer dollars were redirected to “unrelated purposes.”


April 24, 2023

Nettleton, MS – Fox News previewed the “surprisingly close” Mississippi gubernatorial race, and even detailed that Reeves “has been loosely named” in the welfare scandal, where taxpayer dollars were redirected to “unrelated purposes.”

The welfare scandal has emerged as “one of the top issues of the 2023 governor’s race” and isn’t going away any time soon. A poll earlier this year found that 64 percent of Mississippians had an unfavorable impression of Reeves for firing the attorney investigating the scandal - likely because the scandal got too close to Reeves and his buddies.

Fox News isn’t the only outlet that has noticed something is brewing in Mississippi. Here’s what others have said about this competitive race:

  • “And I think Mississippi is the sleeper. You’ve got a very unpopular governor who’s left a lot of the state behind, whether it’s water in Jackson or not expanding health or other services for folks who need it the most. And we’ve got a really credible, popular, high-name-recognition candidate in Brandon Presley, who happens to be Elvis’s cousin.” -Democratic Governors Association Chair Gov. Phil Murphy

  • “I think Brandon’s got a good story. He can raise money, he’s doing pretty good with his fundraising now, and I think when people realize that, ‘Hey this thing is possible,’ it’ll just be a snowball effect from there.” -James Carville

  • “A surprising new poll shows Mississippi Democrats within striking distance of capturing the governor's mansion in the 2023 gubernatorial election.” -Fox News’ Chris Pandolfo

  • Brandon Presley “has been putting in work to meet with Black leaders in the state.” -Former Democratic U.S. Senate Nominee Mike Espy

  • “Reeves, the incumbent governor, may be unusually vulnerable for a red-state Republican.” -Politico’s Zach Montellaro

  • Reeves’ “job approval numbers among the lowest of the nation’s governors.” -New York Times’ Neil Vigdor

Brandon Presley is a fighter who keeps his promises, stands up for the little guy, and isn't afraid to ruffle more than a few feathers to deliver results for hardworking Mississippi families. Brandon served as Mayor of Nettleton from 2001 to 2007, where he balanced the budget every year, cut taxes twice, and got the town moving again. As Public Service Commissioner, Brandon opened up meetings that had been closed to the public for decades, brought high-speed internet to some of the most remote and forgotten parts of Mississippi, put people back to work with the Hire Mississippi program, and saved taxpayers over 6 billion dollars.


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