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DECISION 2019 PROFILE: Tate Reeves

The lieutenant governor is trying to secure the GOP gubernatorial nomination after coming up short in the August 6 primary.

Posted: Aug 26, 2019 5:55 PM
Updated: Oct 2, 2019 1:29 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves has plotted a path to take the governor's race this year, but an in-party challenge has forced him to spend time, money and resources now in hopes of securing the GOP nomination on Tuesday.

Reeves has spent the most money in this primary runoff campaign, telling voters he is the only conservative running for governor. He cited his leadership in state government and his past success as a means to run what he describes as an "optimistic campaign."

“I think they’re going to be willing to stand up and say, ‘You know what? I think we’re pretty well informed up here in Northeast Mississsippi, too, and we know that Tate Reeves is a conservative running for governor,'" Reeves said. 

Reeves entered the Republican primary as the frontrunner with his 15 years as a statewide officeholder, his endorsements from Governor Phil Bryant and state Senator Chris McDaniel and his positions that have been popular with many Republicans. 

“I’ve been a champion for the largest tax cut in Mississippi history, and I’m going to continue to look for ways like we have done over 50 times in the last eight years,” Reeves said. 

Reeves named job creation, fiscal conservatism, low taxes and education policy as his top priorities. 

In one of his campaign ads, he says, "I will say 'no' when 'yes' is popular but too expensive..."

“If we spent $220 million expanding Obamacare, well, guess what? That’s $220 million that can’t go to public education. That’s $220 million that can’t go to teacher pay raises. That’s $220 million that can’t go to community colleges to help train our workforce for tomorrow," Reeves said. "That’s the reason I’m opposed to it.”

Throughout his campaign, Reeves has highlighted his support for President Trump and his view that Mississippi is on the right track. 

“There is a reason that Mississippi’s economy is the best shape that it’s ever been in, and that reason is the conservative policies work, and I’m the only conservative running for governor,” Reeves said.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 113081

Reported Deaths: 3231
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds7823176
DeSoto676778
Harrison490283
Jackson439383
Rankin385986
Madison375793
Lee349079
Forrest298078
Jones285384
Washington253799
Lafayette244042
Lauderdale2398134
Lamar219038
Bolivar199477
Oktibbeha197654
Neshoba1820111
Lowndes175562
Panola167638
Leflore163287
Sunflower158849
Warren153255
Monroe146572
Pontotoc145219
Pike137256
Lincoln136856
Marshall136226
Copiah135736
Coahoma124036
Scott123829
Grenada120638
Yazoo119933
Simpson119549
Union116025
Leake113940
Holmes113760
Tate113639
Itawamba111325
Pearl River110559
Adams105243
Prentiss102919
Wayne99421
Alcorn96712
George95718
Covington94525
Marion93342
Tippah86521
Newton84927
Chickasaw83225
Winston82621
Tallahatchie82525
Tishomingo79741
Hancock78727
Attala78126
Clarke72750
Clay68421
Jasper67417
Walthall63327
Calhoun61812
Noxubee59617
Smith58516
Claiborne53416
Montgomery53123
Tunica52317
Yalobusha51314
Lawrence50414
Perry48423
Carroll46812
Greene45918
Stone45514
Amite42013
Humphreys41916
Quitman4176
Jefferson Davis40011
Webster36613
Wilkinson33120
Kemper32115
Benton3194
Sharkey28014
Jefferson27110
Franklin2373
Choctaw2036
Issaquena1064
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 154942

Reported Deaths: 2660
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson22720374
Mobile14405314
Tuscaloosa10066137
Montgomery9820196
Madison907894
Shelby715361
Lee646165
Baldwin644369
Marshall431048
Calhoun416059
Etowah412249
Morgan400033
Houston365532
DeKalb325428
Elmore312852
St. Clair283842
Limestone273630
Walker269993
Talladega259135
Cullman231024
Lauderdale212540
Jackson205515
Autauga202130
Franklin201731
Colbert193330
Russell19053
Blount187325
Dallas186027
Chilton182632
Escambia171428
Coffee16829
Covington166629
Dale163851
Chambers133043
Pike131313
Tallapoosa129587
Clarke127317
Marion105029
Butler99840
Barbour9969
Marengo98222
Winston90613
Geneva8447
Lawrence81131
Pickens81117
Randolph80514
Bibb80114
Hale74830
Cherokee72314
Clay72212
Lowndes70228
Henry6386
Bullock63717
Monroe63610
Washington62312
Crenshaw59830
Perry5816
Wilcox55912
Fayette55713
Conecuh55613
Cleburne5327
Macon53020
Sumter46821
Lamar4595
Choctaw38712
Greene34016
Coosa1993
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