Runoff to decide Republican nominee for Mississippi governor

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi voters are choosing a Republican nominee for governor — either second-term Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves or retired state Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr.

Reeves fell just short of a majority in a three-person GOP primary Aug. 6. He is endorsed by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who could not seek a third term. Waller is endorsed by the candidate eliminated in the first round of voting, state Rep. Robert Foster.

The winner of Tuesday’s Republican runoff will advance to the Nov. 5 general election to face Democrat Jim Hood, the state’s four-term attorney general. Two candidates running low-budget campaigns will also be on that ballot.

Mississippi, Kentucky and Louisiana are the only states electing a governor this year.

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