At a recent Mississippi Press Association forum, gubernatorial candidate Bill Waller Jr. was asked if elected how he was going to pass a gasoline tax increase for road and bridge repairs through the Legislature since it had been his party blocking the effort.
Treasurer Lynn Fitch and several fellow Republicans running for statewide office are banking on controversy over the state’s new license plates to shore up conservative support in competitive primary elections.
To win the governor’s mansion this November, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, the front-runner in the Republican primary, must do at least two things – convince voters he is competent and convince them that the state is heading in the right direction.
A lawsuit has been filed in federal court in the Southern District of Mississippi challenging a provision in the state Constitution that could potentially result in this year’s governor election being decided by the Mississippi House of Representatives.
Attorney General Jim Hood might not have to win Hinds, the state’s most populous county, to capture the Democratic nomination for governor, but doing so would make his path to victory much easier.
Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has $2.7 million in his war chest as the summer campaigning season nears in his quest to win the office of lieutenant governor.
Hosemann’s Democratic opponent, state Rep. Jay Hughes of Oxford, has $414,777 in campaign reserves. But Hughes does not seem worried about the differential.