Race for Mississippi Governor Set

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — This year’s race for governor of Mississippi could be the most competitive one since 2003. Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood and Republican Lt. Governor Tate Reeves are favorites in their respective August 6th primaries but both face challengers. Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith and seven other candidates will oppose Hood in the Democratic primary, while longtime state Republican leader, attorney and author Andy Taggart, former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. and state Representative Robert Foster of Hernando hope to upset Reeves on the GOP side. Hood has been Mississippi’s only statewide elected Democrat for the last eight years and hopes to recapture the governor’s mansion for his party for the first time since Haley Barbour evicted one-term Governor Ronnie Musgrove in what was Mississippi’s most expensive statewide election. Reeves has been lieutenant governor since 2012 and has raised $7 million while collecting endorsements from dozens of Republicans including Governor Phil Bryant. Some candidates, facing no major party opposition, were functionally elected when the qualifying period ended on Friday including Republican Auditor Shad White and Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley, a Democrat.



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