Mississippi primaries whittle list of governor candidates

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s fourth-term attorney general, Jim Hood, is trying to defeat seven low-budget candidates in a Democratic gubernatorial primary in hopes of a bigger goal in November: breaking a Republican grip on the governorship lasting 24 of the past 28 years.

Party primaries are Tuesday in Mississippi, one of three states electing a governor this year. Louisiana and Kentucky are the others. Voters are weighing which party should take charge amid questions about the future economic direction of the conservative Southern state.

Second-term Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is backed by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who cannot seek a third term. His primary opponents are former Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. and state Rep. Robert Foster.

If primary runoffs are needed, they will be Aug. 27.

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