JACKSON – With Tuesday’s runoff victories by Republican Lynn Fitch for treasurer and Democratic Johnny DuPree for governor, the slate is set for the Nov. 8 general election.
Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, the Republican gubernatorial nominee, will face DuPree, the mayor of Hattiesburg. There also will be some minor party candidates on the ballot.
Fitch, the executive director of the state Personnel Board, won a three-candidate Republican primary. She will face Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran, who was unopposed in the Democratic primary.
Both Attorney General Jim Hood, the only statewide elected Democrat, and Republican Steve Simpson, former commissioner of Public Safety, were unopposed in their party primaries.
Even before the primaries were over, Simpson was criticizing Hood on a number of fronts and challenging him to four debates – one in each of the congressional districts.
In other races, state Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, the Republican nominee, will battle Pickens Mayor Joel Gill, who also runs a family cattle business, for agriculture commissioner. Gill is the Democratic nominee.
Mike Chaney, commissioner of insurance, Stacey Pickering, auditor, and Delbert Hosemann, secretary of state, face third party opposition in November, as does current Treasurer Tate Reeves, who won the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor on Aug. 2.
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