Taylor Vance

Taylor Vance

Taylor, a native of Grenada, covers state government and statewide elections. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and Holmes Community College. Before joining Mississippi Today, Taylor reported on state and local government for the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, where he received an award for his coverage of the federal government’s lawsuit against the state’s mental health system.

Gov. Tate Reeves speaks to reporters at his Flowood watch party on Nov. 7, 2023

Gov. Tate Reeves defeats Brandon Presley to secure final term as governor

By: and - November 8, 2023

JACKSON — Republican Gov. Tate Reeves was reelected Tuesday, defeating Democratic challenger Brandon Presley in a tight race that political experts around the country had closely eyed for weeks as a potential upset. But Reeves held Presley off, winning 52% to 46%, according to results at 11:30 p.m.. Third-party candidate Gwendolyn Gray, an independent, garnered […]

An aerial view of the Mississippi State Capitol at dusk.

Republican voters deliver fatal blow to Mississippi’s far-right conservative movement

By: and - August 13, 2023

BILOXI, Mississippi — A candidate’s concession speech usually reveals a lot about how a person will handle an election loss. They can use their words to graciously accept the will of voters or work to assure their supporters that despite the loss, there are better days ahead. But when the Associated Press at 11:30 p.m. […]