Mississippi Governor Race: Hood Wins Democratic Nomination; Republicans Head to Runoff

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There will be a runoff to determine which Republican candidate for governor will be on the November 5th election ballot. It was a close call, but current Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves fell just short of rounding up the 50 percent – plus one- vote needed to avoid a runoff in the Republican primary race for governor.

He’ll face former State Supreme Court Justice Bill Waller, Junior, in the August 27th runoff.

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With 97 percent of precincts reporting this morning, Tate Reeves leads with 49 percent of the vote followed by Bill Waller, Junior, with 33 percent of the vote.

Both edged out current State Representative Robert Foster who garnered 18 percent of the Tuesday vote.

As for the democratic race for governor, current Attorney General Jim Hood won the party’s nomination by a considerable margin avoiding a runoff with other eight Democratic gubernatorial candidates on Tuesday’s ballot. With 98 percent of precincts reporting this morning, hood is coming in with 69 percent of the overall vote.



Hood is currently the state’s only democrat to hold a top state public office. He’s served four terms as Mississippi’s Attorney General.

Hood will move on to the general election in November to face whoever wins the August 27th runoff between Tate Reeves and Bill Waller Jr.