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Musgrove Becomes Miss. Governor

January 11, 2000

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) _ David Ronald Musgrove on Tuesday became Mississippi’s 62nd governor following last week’s historic vote in the House of Representatives.

Musgrove, a 43-year-old Democrat, replaces controversial two-term Republican Gov. Kirk Fordice.

Musgrove pledged to make education and economic development the cornerstones of his administration.

``I challenge you to think bigger than ever before,″ Musgrove said.

About 4,000 people packed the Capitol lawn in downtown Jackson as he was sworn in.

Musgrove had 8,300 more votes than Republican Mike Parker in the Nov. 2 election, but didn’t get the required majority. The House decided the contest last week. Never before had a governor’s election been so close it went to the House.

Fordice, the only Republican governor to serve Mississippi in the last century, could not have sought a third term. Fordice is getting a divorce after 44 years of marriage and has had a very public affair with his childhood sweetheart.

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