The Latest: Polls close in Mississippi governor’s race

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on the Mississippi election (all times local):

7 p.m.

Polls are closed in Mississippi in the state’s most competitive governor’s race in recent history.

Voters were deciding Tuesday between Democrat Attorney General Jim Hood and Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves.

Those in line as of 7 p.m. CST will be allowed to cast a ballot.

Both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Mississippi in recent days to campaign for Reeves. Former President Barack Obama recorded a phone message urging people to vote for Hood.

Two other lesser-known candidates were also on the ballot. The winner will succeed Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who is limited by state law to two terms.

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11:30 a.m.

Voters casting ballots in Mississippi’s most competitive governor’s race in recent history say that President Donald Trump is playing a role in their decisions.

Voters on Tuesday were deciding between Democrat Attorney General Jim Hood and Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves. The Republican got campaign help in Mississippi from both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

In Picayune, Mississippi, 74-year-old Linda Marcum voted straight down the lines for Democrats. She said Trump drove that vote, calling the president a bully and “an embarrassment.” She said the Trump and Pence visits only made her more eager to get out and vote for Democrats.

At the same precinct, 63-year-old Nancy Daly voted for Reeves and she would have even if Trump and Pence hadn’t visited the state to support the GOP and rail against the House impeachment inquiry.

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12:07 a.m.

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is trying to become the second Democratic governor in the Deep South as he faces Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves in the state’s most competitive governor’s race in years.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence both traveled to Mississippi to campaign for Reeves in the closing days before Tuesday’s election.

Hood, Reeves and two lesser-known candidates are on the ballot. The winner will succeed Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who is limited by law to two terms.

Democrats see Hood as their strongest nominee in a nearly a generation in a conservative state where Republicans have held the governorship for 24 of the past 28 years.

Louisiana’s Democratic governor is in a Nov. 16 runoff as he seeks a second term.

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