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Legal fight over Jim Crow-era law upends Mississippi governor race
By Reid Wilson - 06/09/19 07:30 AM EDT

Jim Crow-era provisions in Mississippi’s state constitution meant to exclude African Americans from winning political office could decide this year’s race for governor, and Democrats are suing to block it.

The provisions, added to the state constitution in 1890, require a candidate running for governor to win both a majority of the popular vote and a majority of the vote in more than half the state’s 122 legislative districts.

If a candidate who wins the popular vote does not win a majority of state House districts, the state House itself chooses a governor.

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