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>>>IT IS ELECTION DAY TOMORROW,>>>IT IS ELECTION DAY TOMORROW, ONE OF THE MOST FASCINATING ONE OF THE MOST FASCINATING RACES IS THE GUBERNATORIAL RACE RACES IS THE GUBERNATORIAL RACE IN MISSISSIPPI. IN MISSISSIPPI. THEY ARE A POPULAR DEMOCRAT THEY ARE A POPULAR DEMOCRAT STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL, JIM STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL, JIM HOOD, IS RUNNING AGAINST HOOD, IS RUNNING AGAINST REPUBLICAN LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR REPUBLICAN LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR TATE REEVES. TATE REEVES. THE POLLING HAS THEM ESSENTIALLY THE POLLING HAS THEM ESSENTIALLY NECK IN NECK. NECK IN NECK. HERE’S THE PROBLEM, NECK IN NECK HERE’S THE PROBLEM, NECK IN NECK ISN’T GOOD ENOUGH IN THE STATE ISN’T GOOD ENOUGH IN THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI. OF MISSISSIPPI. EVEN IF HOOD WERE TO EKE OUT A EVEN IF HOOD WERE TO EKE OUT A NARROW VICTORY IN DEEP RED NARROW VICTORY IN DEEP RED MISSISSIPPI, WHICH IN THESE MISSISSIPPI, WHICH IN THESE POLARIZED TIMES ITSELF WOULD BE POLARIZED TIMES ITSELF WOULD BE AMAZING, HE PROBABLY WILL NOT BE AMAZING, HE PROBABLY WILL NOT BE GOVERNOR. GOVERNOR. IN FACT, THE ESTIMATES ARE THAT IN FACT, THE ESTIMATES ARE THAT THE REPUBLICAN LIEUTENANT THE REPUBLICAN LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR, THE REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR, THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE, COULD LOSE BY UP TO CANDIDATE, COULD LOSE BY UP TO NINE POINTS IN THE POPULAR VOTE NINE POINTS IN THE POPULAR VOTE AND STILL BE NAMED THE NEXT AND STILL BE NAMED THE NEXT GOVERNOR. GOVERNOR. HOW YOU ASK IS THAT POSSIBLE? HOW YOU ASK IS THAT POSSIBLE? WELL, IT TURNS OUT THE STATE WELL, IT TURNS OUT THE STATE CONSTITUTION OF MISSISSIPPI HAS CONSTITUTION OF MISSISSIPPI HAS ITS OWN VERSION OF SOMETHING ITS OWN VERSION OF SOMETHING LIKE THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE. LIKE THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE. IN ORDER TO BE ELECTED GOVERNOR, IN ORDER TO BE ELECTED GOVERNOR, A CANDIDATE HAS TO WIN AN A CANDIDATE HAS TO WIN AN OUTRIGHT MAJORITY IN THE OUTRIGHT MAJORITY IN THE STATEWIDE VOTE BUT ALSO CARRY STATEWIDE VOTE BUT ALSO CARRY THE MOST VOTES IN A MAJORITY OF THE MOST VOTES IN A MAJORITY OF MISSISSIPPI’S 122 HOUSE MISSISSIPPI’S 122 HOUSE DISTRICTS. DISTRICTS. SO LET’S JUST SAY YOUR SUPPORT SO LET’S JUST SAY YOUR SUPPORT IS CONCENTRATED IN HEAVILY BLACK IS CONCENTRATED IN HEAVILY BLACK DISTRICTS IN THE VERY SEGREGATED DISTRICTS IN THE VERY SEGREGATED ENVIRONMENTS IN MISSISSIPPI. ENVIRONMENTS IN MISSISSIPPI. IT’S GOING TO BE REAL HARD TO IT’S GOING TO BE REAL HARD TO CARRY A MAJORITY OF THE HOUSE CARRY A MAJORITY OF THE HOUSE DISTRICTS. DISTRICTS. IF A CANDIDATE DOESN’T WIN BOTH IF A CANDIDATE DOESN’T WIN BOTH THE MAJORITY OF THE POPULAR VOTE THE MAJORITY OF THE POPULAR VOTE AND A MAJORITY OF THOSE AND A MAJORITY OF THOSE DISTRICTS, WELL, THEN THE DISTRICTS, WELL, THEN THE MISSISSIPPI HOUSE OF MISSISSIPPI HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WHICH IS REPRESENTATIVES WHICH IS OVERWHELMINGLY REPUBLICAN AND OVERWHELMINGLY REPUBLICAN AND MASSIVELY GERRYMANDERED GETS TO MASSIVELY GERRYMANDERED GETS TO PICK THE GOVERNOR. PICK THE GOVERNOR. SO WHY WOULD THE FRAMERS HAVE SO WHY WOULD THE FRAMERS HAVE DONE THIS? DONE THIS? LUCKILY THEY WERE EXTREMELY LUCKILY THEY WERE EXTREMELY EXPLICIT ABOUT THEIR INTENTIONS EXPLICIT ABOUT THEIR INTENTIONS AT THE TIME. AT THE TIME. IN 1889, SENATOR JAMES GEORGE IN 1889, SENATOR JAMES GEORGE WAS PREDICTING THAT WAS PREDICTING THAT AFRICAN-AMERICANS WOULD SOON AFRICAN-AMERICANS WOULD SOON OUTNUMBER WHITE VOTERS IN THE OUTNUMBER WHITE VOTERS IN THE STATE 2-1 SO HE CALLED FOR A NEW STATE 2-1 SO HE CALLED FOR A NEW CONSTITUTION THAT WOULD ENSURE CONSTITUTION THAT WOULD ENSURE HOME GOVERNMENT UNDER THE HOME GOVERNMENT UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE WHITE PEOPLE OF CONTROL OF THE WHITE PEOPLE OF THE STATE. THE STATE. ONE OF THE FRAMERS OF THAT NEW ONE OF THE FRAMERS OF THAT NEW CONSTITUTION WAS A MAN NAMED CONSTITUTION WAS A MAN NAMED JAMES K.VARDAMAN WHO WOULD GO ON JAMES K.VARDAMAN WHO WOULD GO ON TO BE A U.S. SENATOR AND TO BE A U.S. SENATOR AND GOVERNOR OF MISSISSIPPI. GOVERNOR OF MISSISSIPPI. THERE IS NO USE TO EQUIVOCATE OR THERE IS NO USE TO EQUIVOCATE OR LIE ABOUT THE MATTER. LIE ABOUT THE MATTER. MISSISSIPPI’S CONSTITUTIONAL MISSISSIPPI’S CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION OF 1890 WAS HELD FOR CONVENTION OF 1890 WAS HELD FOR NO OTHER PURPOSE THAN TO NO OTHER PURPOSE THAN TO ELIMINATE THE “N” WORD FROM ELIMINATE THE “N” WORD FROM POLITICS. POLITICS. IN OTHER WORDS, AFTER WHITE IN OTHER WORDS, AFTER WHITE SUPREMACISTS IN THE SOUTH USED SUPREMACISTS IN THE SOUTH USED VIOLENCE AND TERRORISM TO BEAT VIOLENCE AND TERRORISM TO BEAT BACK UNIVERSAL MALE SUFFRAGE BACK UNIVERSAL MALE SUFFRAGE DURING RECONSTRUCTION, THEY THEN DURING RECONSTRUCTION, THEY THEN PUT INTO PLACE EXPLICITLY WHITE PUT INTO PLACE EXPLICITLY WHITE SUPREMACIST ANTI-MAJORITY SUPREMACIST ANTI-MAJORITY GOVERNING STRUCTURES TO PRESERVE GOVERNING STRUCTURES TO PRESERVE WHITE CONTROL OF THE STATE AT WHITE CONTROL OF THE STATE AT ALL COSTS. ALL COSTS. THAT INCLUDED POLL TAXES AND THAT INCLUDED POLL TAXES AND LITERARY TESTS WHICH HAVE SINCE LITERARY TESTS WHICH HAVE SINCE BEEN STRUCK DOWN. BEEN STRUCK DOWN. DESPITE THE FACT THAT THE DESPITE THE FACT THAT THE GUBERNATORIAL VOTING SYSTEM IS GUBERNATORIAL VOTING SYSTEM IS PRETTY CLEARLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL,

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