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.