Responding to former state Supreme Court Justice Bill Waller Jr. entering the Republican primary to challenge Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, term-limited Mississippi chief executive Phil Bryant (R) came out early to take sides.
Yesterday, Gov. Bryant formally endorsed Lt. Gov. Reeves for the party nomination. Despite Mississippi’s strong Republican voting history since the turn of the century, Democrats will have an unusually strong nominee this year in the person of Attorney General Jim Hood, one of the most successful Deep South Democrats. Mr. Hood has won four consecutive elections as the state’s AG, at a time when any other Democratic regional victory has been quite scarce.
The Bryant move was designed to help put distance between Reeves and Waller, ensuring a clean nomination run for the former man. Gov. Bryant understands that Mr. Reeves will need a united Republican base to defeat the hard-charging Mr. Hood.
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