GOP Takes Control Of MS House

A majority of the Mississippi House of Representatives will be Republican for the first time since Reconstruction.

Though some counties were still counting absentee and affidavit ballots Monday, Republicans will control at least 62 seats when the Legislature convenes Jan. 3.

Totals confirmed Monday show Republican Gene Alday defeated Democrat John Mayo in House District 25, putting the GOP over the top for control of the House.

GOP candidates hold narrow in two races where votes are still being totaled. Republican officials expect to win those two seats, giving the party 64 votes.

Assuming all their leads hold, Republicans will have gained nine seats in the general election and one through a party switch.

The Republican caucus is scheduled to meet today to choose its nominee for speaker.