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Republicans in the Mississippi State House will retain their super-majority after Republican Missy McGee won the runoff for House District 102 in Hattiesburg, beating opponent Kathryn Rehner. A win by Rehner – a Democrat – would’ve ended the Republican super-majority, which currently hangs on by one seat.

A super-majority enables the majority party to pass certain legislation related to the taxes and the budget without input from the opposition party.

With all votes counted, McGee beat Rehner 68-32. McGee will fill the seat left vacant by recently-elected Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker, who served in the state legislature as a Republican.

“I am so honored and humbled by the folks of District 102 to have shown the confidence in me to elect me into this position,” McGee said. “This is my home district, and I am just really honored to be able to serve my hometown in this capacity.”

McGee, a graduate and former teacher of the University of Southern Mississippi, has prior experience in politics through three years spent as a legislative aid to former Senator Trent Lott.

McGee emphasized her plan to focus on advocating for universities, healthcare, and small business.

The House District 102 representative-elect will begin serving at the Capitol in Jackson at the start of the 2018 legislative session.

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