The new generation of Republican leaders elected last Tuesday night is a sweep that will transform our state for the good of all. A solidly Republican state became even more Republican.

Tate was the big win, of course, but on the down-ticket State Auditor Shad White, Commissioner of Agricultures Andy Gipson and State Treasurer-elect David McRae, especially, bring hope because of their personal convictions, policy stances and record of work.

White was re-elected after a powerful four years of safeguarding taxpayer monies. Expect to see more from Gipson and McRae and the Republican leadership across the board united on many issues like better schools and better-paying jobs along with diversity and outreach in an increasingly diversified state.

They have a real opportunity to make a positive impact on our state alongside leaders in Washington like U.S. Rep. Michael Guest.

Tate Reeves beat the most formidable Democrat candidate in decades and was also running against the establishment media as well as Jim Barksdale’s left-wing George Soros-funded blog that functioned as Jim Hood’s PR arm. 

After all, Hood won Republican stronghold Madison County with 51 percent of the vote, which isn’t that surprising given the influence of the teacher lobby, the large number of government employees and apathy among a large swath of voters.

Frankly, some good people just never have seen Hood for the fraud he is masquerading as a conservative that he’s not. Despite his claim to being pro-life, he would have appointed liberals to the judiciary and other positions of influence, not to mention his ties to the trial lawyers.

Reeves never abandoned his conservative ideals to pander to teachers, hospital administrators or the construction lobby who would have raised taxes under a Hood administration.

Our new leadership will be able to demonstrate there is a place in the GOP — as there always has been — say, for example, single, black moms trying to educate their children or hard-working brown people who just want to live free of government intrusion as well.

The cries and bellyaching of the “woke” crowd last Wednesday morning should not be of concern. It’s always going to be something, a new crusade, a new social justice of some sort, any way to keep folks on the plantation of dependency in a cycle of poverty. The GOP is the opposite of all of this. 

The “woke” are welcome and encouraged to wake up and work with this team for a better Mississippi, but we don’t expect much enthusiasm.

Barksdale’s blog propagated the myth that by resisting Medicaid expansion, Mississippi is forfeiting more than $1 million a day that could help thousands of uninsured people with untreated mental illnesses and health care providers drowning in uncompensated costs.

Medicaid expansion would bankrupt the state, Vicksburg mayor and former Democrat state Sen. George Flaggs has said.

Last Tuesday’s sweep of all eight statewide elected offices by Republicans puts the pressure on us as conservatives to get things done and to deliver on promises of a better Mississippi for all.

Unlike Virginia and Kentucky where Dems won big, Mississippi conservatives are united and clear on the dangers of Democrats masquerading as conservatives. Still, Reeves will work across party lines for all Mississippians.