Reeves defeats Hewes in GOP primary for lt. gov

By Jack Elliot Jr./The Associated Press

JACKSON — State Treasurer Tate Reeves of Flowood has defeated state Sen. Billy Hewes of Gulfport in the Republican primary for Mississippi lieutenant governor.

Reeves says Tuesday night that he’s looking forward to working with Republicans and Democrats to bring jobs to the state.

He will more than likely hold the office for the four-year term that begins in January. No Democrat is running for lieutenant governor in the Nov. 8 general election.

The current lieutenant governor, Republican Phil Bryant, is running for governor.

Rival factions of the Reform Party want to run a candidate for lieutenant governor. The state Election Commission in the next few weeks could consider which Reform candidate will represent the party in November. The Reform Party has never won a statewide election in Mississippi.

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Bryant wins Miss. GOP gov primary, Dems to runoff

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant of Brandon has won the five-man Republican primary for Mississippi governor.

Hattiesburg Mayor Johnnie DuPree and Clarksdale attorney and businessman Bill Luckett are headed to an Aug. 23 runoff for the Democratic nomination.

Construction executive Dave Dennis of Pass Christian ran second in the Republican primary Tuesday, ahead of businessman Ron Williams of Moss Point, Pearl River County supervisor Hudson Holliday of Poplarville and former state employee James Broadwater of Byram.

In the Democratic contest, DuPree and Luckett were followed distantly Tuesday by teacher William Bond Compton Jr. of Meridian and retired tax assessor Guy Dale Shaw of Coffeeville.

Independent Will Oatis is running in the Nov. 8 general election, and rival factions of the Reform Party hope to field a candidate.

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Hosemann wins GOP nod for Miss. secretary of state

JACKSON — Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann of Jackson won his party’s nomination for re-election Tuesday night.

Hosemann is completing his first term as secretary of state. He easily defeated Gulfport City Council member Ricky Dombrowski in the Republican primary. No Democrat is running.

One faction of the Reform Party wants to put a candidate for secretary of state on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

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