Photo courtesy of Bill Waller Jr./Twitter
Former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Bill Waller Jr. has received the endorsement of a former opponent ahead of the runoff election in the Republican gubernatorial primary.
Former State Rep. Robert Foster secured 18% of the vote on election night, which helped to set up the runoff between Waller and Lt. Governor Tate Reeves. During a press conference this morning, Foster announced that he has decided to back Waller ahead of the runoff, which will be held on the 27th.
Reeves fell just 1% short of securing the party’s nomination on the 6th, and without a strong showing by Foster, the Lt. Governor likely would’ve been able to avoid a runoff.
Following the endorsement, Waller sent out the following tweet thanking Foster for his support.
I’m thrilled to announce Robert Foster has endorsed our campaign! I’m grateful to @RobertFoster4MS for his support. He ran a strong campaign and he’s a true conservative who shares my beliefs about taking on the toughest challenges facing our state—instead of politics as usual. pic.twitter.com/nfUixNeetO
— Bill Waller (@BillWallerMS) August 13, 2019
During the primary election, Reeves received 182,979 votes (49%) to Waller’s 124,707 (33%), and Foster finished in third with 66,441 votes (18%) while winning DeSoto and Tate County.
Reeves or Waller will face current Attorney General Jim Hood in November after Hood secured the Democratic nomination on primary election night.
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