Today, August 6th is Primary Election Day for Mississippi Governor & other state races. Polls are open until 7 PM EST. 3 Republicans are running for Governor, and 50% of today’s vote is required to win. A runoff is scheduled for August 27th if needed.
Tate Reeves (R)
CAMPAIGN CORNER RATING: 3.5 Stars
Tate Reeves is a supporter of President Trump and has raised the highest amount of money for his campaign compared to all other candidates. He is the current Lt. Governor and has a good shot at winning the Primary, although he may not get the required 50% of the vote with 3 candidates running in the August 6th Primary. A Runoff Election between the top 2 will take place August 27th if needed.
Reeves endorsements include current Governor Phil Bryant (R) who is term-limited, the NRA and the Mississippi Right to Life PAC. Critics of Reeves include road builders, public school educators and health care industry workers according to Irl Dean Jones who has been hosting Republican candidates for over 16 years.
Reeves said in the 07/23/19 Republican Candidates Debate that he has avoided criticizing his 2 opponents in the Primary because he wants to focus on defeating the Democrats, stating "Our political enemy is not one another but is the liberal policy ideas of the party of Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi."
"Work is good—it’s good for your family, state, and soul. I want everyone in Mississippi to have the chance to work an honest job for good pay. In order for that to happen, we need to make Mississippi a “Ready to Work” State. With these investments and policy changes, I think we can accomplish that in the coming years. We will attract investment, grow jobs, and help Mississippians find a calling. It will be hard work, but it will be worth it. When more Mississippi families have food on the table—food that they paid for with their strong salary that they earned at a job they love—then we’ll know we were successful." ~ Tate Reeves
Robert Foster (R)
CAMPAIGN CORNER RATING: 3 Stars
Robert Foster currently serves as a Mississippi State House Representative for District 28. He is a strong, conservative Christian and supports President Trump. His campaign as a political outsider seeks to reach everyday Mississippians. His message is that smaller government, free markets & better education are needed to have a positive impact on future generations.
Robert is a very likable candidate with admirable personal values and would serve well if elected. He does however lack the fundraising that, like it or not does matter. Some view fundraising as nefarious and being bought by the donors. Others view the ability to raise funds as a sign of leadership.
The race only Tilts Red so the Republican winner of this primary is not guaranteed to win in the general. Regardless of the outcome, Robert Foster has a bright future and plenty of time to serve as a leader in government.
Reverend Franklin Graham supports Robert, particularly in light of the media frenzy over Foster's Christian values.
"Governor Bryant has done a lot of good things for Mississippi. And while some families are doing well, we still have many really struggling to make ends meet. A large number of hard-working Mississippians can’t afford healthcare, job-creators and their employees are turning to other states with less regulation and no income tax, all on top of a rising opioid epidemic." ~ Robert Foster
Bill Waller Jr. (R)
CAMPAIGN CORNER RATING: 3 Stars
Bill Waller Jr. is a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Mississippi, lawyer and Municipal Judge. Waller was also a Brigadier General in the Mississippi Army National Guard. He was endorsed for his record of service, upholding the Constitution and rule of law in his 3 terms in the Supreme Court by the Mississippi Republican Party. Bill has never met or spoken to President Trump.
An NBC Poll shows that Waller is the Republican with the best chance at winning the general election, and that Reeves has low favorability ratings in the state. Raising teacher's pay is a major issue in Bill's campaign along with healthcare, roads, bridges and the overall economy.
Bill's campaign spokesperson explained why Waller voted in the last 3 Democrat state primaries in an article by Jay E Hughes in answer to criticism and questions which party Waller would run under.
"The next Governor of Mississippi is going to have to address major policy issues regarding roads and bridges, education, health care and workforce development for current and future economic sustainability." ~ Bill Waller
Clarion Ledger Candidate Recap from the 07/23/19 Debate
Sam R Hall: If you want the promise of teacher pay raises and Medicaid reform/expansion, Foster or Waller are your candidates. Reeves is for additional teacher raises, if they can be funded. He’s against Medicaid expansion of any kind. If you want an expanded school voucher program, Reeves is your guy. Foster and Waller are pretty much against it. Otherwise, on most other issues, there’s little difference.
Luke Ramseth: If you like the current trajectory of Mississippi’s economy, health care, education and other issues after the last eight years, then Reeves is your pick. But if you want a conservative who offers alternative ideas — supporting Medicaid expansion, raising the gas tax to pay for road and bridge repairs — then dig into the plans offered by Waller and Foster.
See all 2019 Elections here.