Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall holds onto his seat in a close race with 52 percent of the vote. His opponent, Democrat Marshand Crisler received 48 percent.
The three term commissioner awaited returns with supporters at Olga's Fine Dining in Jackson. By late evening, the Associated Press declared the 73-year-old the winner.
The Brandon area resident believes voters were pleased with the work he's done.
Hall says Mississippi was graded as having the 16th best highway system in the nation and the best in the mid-south.
"I think it's a vote of confidence in what we've been doing, and I look forward to this new commission," said Hall. "We're going to have a new director, a new commissioner and I think the Mississippi Department of Transportation is going to be run better than it ever has been."
Hall is a former legislator and business owner who has served on the transportation commission since 1999.
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