Republican Michael Chaney defeated Democrat Gary Anderson Tuesday to win election as Mississippi insurance commissioner.
The Mississippi secretary of state will not have the official results for 10 days, but unofficial tallies show Chaney carrying about 57% of the vote.
Chaney will succeed George Dale, who served as Mississippi commissioner for 32 years.
Dale lost in August to Anderson in the Democratic primary.
Much of the campaigning for the Mississippi commissioner’s post focused on concerns about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Chaney listed “Rebuild the Gulf Coast” as a key item on his campaign agenda.
“Sky-high insurance premiums are a road block to economic recovery,” Chaney says. “If you can’t insure it, you can’t finance it. If you can’t finance it, you can’t build it. It’s that simple.”