New poll puts Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves ahead in Governor race

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI)- The race to become Governor of Mississippi is one of the most expensive and hotly contested in the state’s history and a new poll shows the candidates still have work to do.

A new Mason-Dixon Research poll shows the undecided vote will determine the winner between Tate Reeves and Jim Hood.

The poll released Wednesday morning shows Republican Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves would be the pick of 46 percent of the voters if the election were held today.

Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood is running close behind with 43 percent of voters favoring him in the race. 2 percent of voters support either Bob Hickingbottom or David Singletary. That leaves 9 percent of the likely voters left to pick the next governor.

Reeves enjoys his biggest base of support in Northern Mississippi, which in the poll includes the Northeast corner of the state stretching South to Chickasaw Monroe and Calhoun counties. 56 percent of those voters back Reeves while 34 percent are in the Hood camp. 9 percent of the voters are still trying to pick a candidate.

In the Golden Triangle and East Mississippi, Jim Hood clings to a one percent lead among likely voters. His poll numbers sit at 46 percent with Tate Reeves at 45 percent. The undecided will also make the difference here with 8 percent still open to be convinced on how to vote. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus four percent.

The poll also shows that Mississippi voters are still firmly behind President Donald Trump. The new numbers show that only 34 percent of likely voters say the President should be removed from office. 56 percent are against the impeachment proceedings with 10 percent undecided.

Breaking the numbers down by region show North Mississippi is solidly Trump Country. 66 percent of voters in the Northern part of the state are opposed to the current impeachment proceedings with only 27 percent thinking it’s a good idea. 7 percent of voters don’t have an opinion on the move.

The gap is a little closer in the Golden Triangle where 31 percent are okay with removing Trump while 58 percent think it’s a bad idea.

The poll comes just days before the President is scheduled to campaign in Tupelo on behalf of Tate Reeves.

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