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Mississippi Republicans Claim House Majority

By Jeffrey Hess | Published 09 Nov 2011 08:56pm | comments

The last few votes are still being counted butthe Mississippi legislature could experience a change that hasn't happened since the end of the Civil War. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports that Mississippi Republicans are poised to gain a majority in the House of Representatives.

Republicans in Mississippi are claiming victory, even though all the votes for House of Representatives have yet to be counted and certified.

Frank Corder runs the conservative political web site ‘Y'all Politics’.

He says this is a opportunity for Republicans to push their conservative agenda.

"I am glad to see conservatives to actually have a shot at governing. Campaigning is easy. That is the easy part. Governing is the hard part. I am hopeful and I am prayerful at conservatives will step up and meet the challenge head on," Corder said.

Democrats around the state are not giving up the fight, deciding to wait until the final vote is counted.

Democratic political writer Jere Nash says Republicans are trying to gain a public relations advantage by declaring victory early.

"Neither the Democrats of the Republicans have reached the magic number of 62. They are claiming they have reached the magic number of 62 but they are using some races that have not been certified. They are obviously trying to create this public momentum that they are there and they can choose the Speaker, but they are not there yet," Nash said.

Democrats have held that the house since reconstruction and Republican control of the House would mean single party control of both chambers of the legislatures, as well the Lt. Governor and Governor's chairs.

Clarion Ledger editorial director David Hampton says that could mean a more partisan version of politics in Mississippi.

"Mississippi politics in the legislature has depended more on race, region, and other factors. Which will continue and still have a major influence on policy more so than partisanship. But it is something new and it is a new dynamic," Hampton said.

As of late Wednesday as many as 15 races remained in doubt, but if no leads change Republicans would pick up 10 seats in the House, giving them a 64-to-58 majority.

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