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Tate Reeves talks governor race during stops in Tupelo and Columbus


TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) – Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves kicked off his campaign for governor with stops in northeast Mississippi.

He met with local supporters Tuesday morning in Tupelo, followed by a similar event in Columbus.

Reeves has two challengers in the August GOP primary for governor, but he said his sights are set beyond that.

“Well, what we’re focused on is the general election. Fact of the matter is that we’re going to elect a conservative in Mississippi this year. I’ve proven over the last eight years that I’m willing to stand up for what I believe in.”

His GOP challengers are State Rep. Robert Foster and former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Bill Waller Jr.

The lieutenant governor set the tone for his race Monday night.

He told supporters, “The radical liberals have taken aim at Mississippi’s culture and Mississippi’s values.”

Reeves said liberals are “furious” that Mississippi elected Republicans Haley Barbour and Phil Bryant to maximum terms as governor.

Barbour won in 2003 and 2007. Bryant won in 2011 and 2015.