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The Latest: Reeves raises most among governor candidates

May 10, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on Mississippi campaign fundraising (all times local):

5:48 p.m.

A new finance report shows Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood has nearly $1.2 million to spend running for Mississippi governor.

Hood has raised the most money among the nine Democrats seeking the party nomination.

But, Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is outpacing Hood in fundraising for the governor’s race, with $6.7 million in his campaign fund.

One of Reeves’ Republican primary opponents is Bill Waller Jr., who retired early this year as chief justice of the Supreme Court and then started raising money to run for governor. Waller collected nearly $583,000 in March and April.

Republican state Rep. Robert Foster has nearly $19,000 in his campaign fund for governor.

Party primaries are in August, and the general election is in November.

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant cannot seek a third term.

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4:52 p.m.

A campaign spokesman says Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves has $6.7 million to spend running for Mississippi governor.

The spokesman, Parker Briden, says Friday that Reeves raised more than $1 million during the first four months of this year.

His comments came on the deadline day for Mississippi candidates to file reports disclosing how much money they raised and spent through April 30.

One of Reeves’ Republican primary opponents is Bill Waller Jr., who retired early this year as chief justice of the Supreme Court and then started raising money to run for governor. His campaign said Wednesday that Waller collected more than $580,000 in March and April.

Other candidates were waiting until late Friday to file finance reports, including Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood, who is running for governor.