Elvis Cousin Brandon Presley has Democrats on the Verge of Shock Upset in Mississippi Republican Heartland

Mod: Is Mississippi getting ready to put on its blue suede shoes? 

Democrats on the Verge of Shock Upset in Republican Heartland (Newsweek link): Democrats could be about to pull off a shock upset in Tuesday's Mississippi gubernatorial election, with a recent poll putting their candidate behind by just one point, while a major bookmaker now has him odds-on to win.

Brandon Presley, second cousin of music legend Elvis Presley, is hoping to unseat incumbent Republican Gov. Tate Reeves. It would make him the first Democratic governor of the state for two decades.

The most-recent poll for the Mississippi contest, released by the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) in October, gave Reeves a lead of just one point, putting him on 46 percent of the vote against 45 percent for Presley. This marks a sharp departure from two previous polls, which took place in August and September and gave Reeves leads of 11 percent and 8 percent respectively.

British bookmaker Betfair Exchange is currently forecasting a Presley win. Company spokesperson Sam Rosbottom told Newsweek: "Brandon Presley is the 4/7 odds-on favorite to win the Mississippi governor election, while Tate Reeves is 11/8 to win a second term as the pair hurled insults at each other during a tense debate on Wednesday night."
Presley has substantially outraised Reeves by more than $5 million this year, greatly assisted by $3.75 million that has been given to his campaign by the DGA, a group affiliated with the national Democratic Party.

In 2020, voters in Mississippi overturned a Jim Crow-era law imposed in 1890. It required candidates for statewide office to win a majority of both the popular vote and the 122 state House districts, substantially decreasing the power of mostly Democratic-supporting Black voters.

Charles V. Taylor Jr., who heads the Mississippi state conference of civil-rights group N.A.A.C.P., told the The New York Times this could have a major impact in the state.

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