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On Wednesday, Republican Speaker Philip Gunn and state GOP Chairman Joe Nosef said they were on the hunt for a Democratic House member to flip to Republican to give the GOP a supermajority of 74 seats, since they were one shy after Tuesday’s elections.

It didn’t take long. State Rep. Jody Steverson of Ripley on Thursday, two days after being re-elected as a Democrat, announced he was switching parties.

“I want to be a part of the progression of Mississippi,” Steverson, who did not respond to requests for an interview, said in a written statement. “I’ve always been conservative in my voting record concerning social issues like Second Amendment rights. My views line up closer with those of the Republican Party.”

Read the full story here:  http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2015/11/05/gunn-secures-speakership-supermajority/75225864/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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