UPDATED 9:52 AM PT — Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Two new records were set in Mississippi during August’s off-year election, with voter turnout surpassing the 300,000 mark. The turnout has GOP candidates beaming with confidence because of how many people showed up to the polls.
According to election results, more than 374,000 Republican votes were cast in the August 6th primary for governor between Tate Reeves, Bill Waller Jr. and Robert Foster. The runoff race between Lt. Reeves and Waller received more than 326,000 votes. Reeves will face Democrat Attorney General Jim Hood, whose primary turnout was less than 300,000 Democrat votes.
Another big race on November 5th will be to replace Hood as state attorney general. The records reportedly show Republican turnout was three times higher in the county Hood is from.
Meanwhile, the treasurer race will be history-making with Republican Lynn Fitch as one of two women on the ballot. The Democrat nominee in that race is Jennifer Riley-Collins.
A spokeswoman for Reeves’s campaign told reporters the numbers are also a good sign for Republican candidates in 2020 who support President Trump, especially since turnout was so good among GOP voters in Democrat strong parts of the state.