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Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves announces he is running for governor

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Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves has officially entered the 2019 gubernatorial race, he announced Thursday in Jackson.

Posted: Jan 3, 2019 9:56 AM
Updated: Jan 3, 2019 3:07 PM

Update 01/03/19 2:33 p.m.

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves has officially entered the 2019 gubernatorial race, he announced Thursday in Jackson. 

“I believe in the great potential of our state and of our people,” said Reeves. “We are growing a strong economy that will provide good-paying careers for the next generation. Mississippi needs conservative leaders who will stand with President Trump and work to strengthen our state.”

See the original post below. 

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's second-term Republican lieutenant governor is on track to enter the race for governor.

Tate Reeves is filing qualifying papers Thursday at the state Republican Party headquarters, ending months of speculation about his plans.

The current Republican governor, Phil Bryant, cannot seek a third term.

Two other Republicans have already announced they will run for the state's top office. They are Petal Mayor Hal Marx and state Rep. Robert Foster of Hernando.

UPDATE 01/03/19 12:39 p.m. - In a tweet by Petal Mayor Hal Marx on Jan. 3, he announced he will no longer run for governor. 

Democrats who have already announced for governor are fourth-term Attorney General Jim Hood and retired Jackson State University employee Velesha P. Williams.

Reeves would likely enter the race with more money than any candidate. The most recent finance reports, filed nearly a year ago, showed Reeves had $5.4 million to Hood's $656,400.

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