Presley Highlights Medicaid in Marketing campaign to Unseat Mississippi’s G.O.P. Governor

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The Mississippi governor’s race is surprisingly shut, given how deeply purple the state is. A key purpose, not less than in response to the Democratic challenger Brandon Presley, is Medicaid.

Gov. Tate Reeves, the Republican incumbent, has opposed any Medicaid growth in his state, one of many poorest within the nation.

However 72 p.c of doubtless voters within the state favor Medicaid growth, in response to a Mississippi Today/Siena College poll, and 92 p.c are involved about hospital entry — which Mr. Pressley has additionally made central to his marketing campaign. Considered one of 10 states that proceed to reject federal funding to broaden medical insurance for the poor, Mississippi is amid a hospital disaster.

The primary third of his remarks on Friday at a soul meals restaurant in Jackson, Miss., targeted on Medicaid and hospitals.

“Someone instructed me the opposite day, they mentioned, ‘Brandon, my daddy mentioned we are able to’t vote for you since you’re a Democrat,’” Mr. Presley mentioned. “I mentioned, ‘Effectively I hope your daddy don’t want a hospital within the subsequent 4 years. As a result of if you happen to depart this man in there for 4 extra years, no telling the place our hospitals shall be.’ Now I’m operating on a number of issues, however to begin with is to broaden Medicaid.”

Although latest polling has confirmed Mr. Presley trailing Mr. Reeves, the deficits have typically been within the single digits, and Mr. Reeves has a few of the lowest approval scores of any governor within the nation.

And Mr. Presley, a member of the Mississippi Public Service Fee, does have a singular type of identify recognition: He’s a second cousin of Elvis Presley.