Lt. Gov Tate Reeves will be the GOP candidate for the Governor in Mississippi after winning a Republican Primary Runoff on Tuesday.  Reeves defeated the former Supreme Court Justice, Bill Waller, in the runoff election, 54 to 46 percent Attorney General Jim Hood in the general election on November 5.
Both Ree Ves and Hood were the frontrunners in their respective preselections. But while Hood easily won his party's nomination earlier this month, Reeves received about 49 percent of the vote in his pre-election, slightly less than the majority he needed to finally win the Republican nomination.
Reeves spent over $ 3 million in the primary and drainage rounds together, with $ 985,000 in the draining round, while Waller spent a total of about $ 288,000 in the draining round
Waller had hoped to launch a riot campaign, which would form a coalition that went beyond traditional conservative voters. He supported the expansion of Medicaid and the increase in gas taxes to finance new infrastructure projects.
Pete Ricketts, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, called Reeves a statement "a principled, politically motivated conservative leader" after the AP called the race.
"The RGA congratulates Tate on his victory today and we are with him until the win in November," added Ricketts.
Noam Lee, the director of the Democratic Governors Association, referred to the close GOP race. "Reeves was supposed to walk through elementary school, but instead he just limps out of this runoff," Lee said.
"We look forward to making the toughest race of his career for Reeves and choosing Jim Hood as the next governor of Mississippi," Lee added.
Hood, the first Democrat to win a Mississippi race since 1999, has emerged as a conservative Democrat in this race. He rejects abortion and recruits time as Attorney General on rather nonpartisan issues such as combating domestic violence. He has refused to accept the more liberal positions of some national democratic politicians.
Hood's campaign launched a television ad on Tuesday to launch the general election
But for Hood, his path to the governor's villa is far from certain. Mississippi Law Requires Candidates to Win Both Awards Most of the 122 districts of the US state (19659022) and the population voted to become governors. If a candidate does not win the majority of both measures, the GOP-controlled legislator will elect the next governor.
Mississippi is one of three states to hold gubernatorial elections this fall, along with Kentucky and Louisiana.