By Bobby Harrison/NEMS Daily Journal
JACKSON – Republican Tate Reeves spent $1 million during a 23-day period in July – outpacing all other statewide candidates – in his quest to capture the open lieutenant governor’s slot.
Reeves, the current state treasurer, is pitted against Senate President Pro-Tem Billy Hewes in Tuesday’s Republican primary. The winner will face no Democrat in the general election.
According to campaign finance reports filed Tuesday with the Secretary of State’s office, between July 1 and July 23, Reeves received $190,862 in contributions and has now spent $2.3 million for the year. During the same time period, Hewes took in about $147,440 and spent $567,638. For the year, Hewes has spent $2 million.
During the final stretch before Tuesday’s election, Reeves had cash on hand of $609,369 compared to $147,095 for Hewes.
In the race for governor, Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant spent $843,454 and raised $406,313 during the reporting period. Bryant has $668,119 in cash on hand. For the year, Bryant has spent $3.1 million.
The front-running Bryant has far outspent his Republican opponents. Gulf Coast businessman Dave Dennis spent $300,597 during the time period and raised $81,679. He has spent $1.1 million for the year, $2 million less than Bryant.
Hudson Holliday, a Pearl River County supervisor/businessman, spent $33,684 during July and has $449,449 in cash on hand, mostly his own funds.
Another top Republican gubernatorial spender, Moss Point businessman Ron Williams, who had spent more than $600,000 of his own money as of the last report, did not file by 5 p.m. Tuesday. While Tuesday was the deadline, there is a grace period before the candidates can face a fine for not filing.
Former state Public Safety Commissioner Steve Simpson, the Republican candidate for attorney general, and Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree, a Democratic candidate for governor, also had not filed reports as of 5 p.m., according to the Secretary of State’s office.
Clarksdale businessman Bill Luckett, also a Democratic candidate for governor, raised $107,745 during July and spent $291,938 and has cash on hand of $261,887.