Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves delivers a victory speech Tuesday night after defeating Democratic opponent and current Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood.
Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves delivers a victory speech Tuesday night after defeating Democratic opponent and current Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood.
Turnout in Madison County soared to nearly 54 percent of all registered voters for Tuesday’s general election.

At least 37,533 voters went to the poll Tuesday and 1,420 more voted by absentee ballot, according to the summary results report released late Tuesday night. That number represents an increase of 24 percent from the Aug. 27 primary runoff.

Even more interesting is the how those voters voted.

Madison County rejected establishment GOP gubernatorial candidate Tate Reeves, who won Tuesday’s statewide election to become Mississippi’s 65th governor with 52.2 percent of the vote.

Reeves, who had served as Lt. Governor the past eight years, received nearly 50,000 more votes state wide than his Democratic opponent Jim Hood. But Hood, who has served as Attorney General for 12 years, edged Reeves in Madison by more than 600 votes, 19,452 to 18,815.

It was the first time Madison County has gone blue in a gubernatorial election since 1987, when former Gov. Ray Mabus carried the county.

In the primary runoff, Madison County Republican voters favored former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Bill Waller over Reeves by a 2-to-1 margin, with Waller garnering 12,401 votes to Reeves’ 5,905.

In down-ballot races Tuesday, the majority of Madison voters overwhelmingly selected Republican candidates.

GOP nominee for Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann garnered nearly 7,000 more votes than his Democratic opponent Jay Hughes among Madison voters and won statewide with 60.3 percent of the vote.

Likewise, 59 percent of Madison voters chose Republican Michael Watson over Democrat Johnny Dupree for Secretary of State and 57.8 percent voted for Republican Lynn Fitch over Democrat Jennifer Riley Collins for attorney general.

Watson cruised to a 59-41 win over Dupree and Fitch defeated Collins 58.1 percent to 41.9.



Here is how Madison County voted in the rest of the down-ballot races:

State Treasurer - David McRae (R) - 23,816, Addie Lee Green (D) 14,052.

Secretary of Agriculture - Andy Gipson (R) - 22,907, Rickey Cole (D) - 15,366.

Commissioner of Insurance - Mike Cheney (R) - 23,943, Robert Amos (D) - 14,406.

Public Service Commissioner - Brent Bailey (R) - 23,395, De’Keither Stamps (D) - 14,780.

Transportation Commissioner - Butch Lee (R) - 23,124, Willie Simmons (D) 15,146.