Rare Southern Democrat wins re-election in Mississippi

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Posted: Nov 03, 2015 11:51 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Jim Hood, one of the few Democrats who still holds statewide elected office in the solidly Republican South, has won a fourth term as Mississippi attorney general.

The 53-year-old Hood turned away a challenge on Tuesday from Republican Mike Hurst, a former federal prosecutor. He is hardly a rarity in Southern politics, speaking often about his Christian faith and railing against "perverts" and online predators who target children.

He is engaged in a legal fight with Google, questioning whether the Internet search engine improperly helps people find pirated music and drugs without a prescription. The California-based company says Hood is infringing on its free-speech rights.

Hurst says Hood has failed to challenge President Barack Obama on immigration and has fallen short in prosecuting public corruption.