Republicans gained a three-fifths supermajority in the Mississippi House on Wednesday when members unseated a longtime Democratic lawmaker who had won a tied election by drawing straws. The 67-49 vote was mostly along party lines to unseat Rep. Bo Eaton of Taylorsville and replace him with Republican challenger Mark Tullos of Raleigh. Tullos, an attorney, watched the vote from the public gallery of the House. Eaton, a farmer, was on the House floor and participated in the 3½ hour debate because he had been sworn in to begin his sixth term when the legislative session started two weeks ago.
Afterward, a smiling Tullos said he’s relieved the dispute is over. He did not immediately know when he would be sworn in.
“Fair is a matter of perception from which side of the fence you’re standing on,” Tullos said. “I feel in my heart of hearts that the right thing was done.”