Hood, Waller carry Lafayette County in state races

Published 9:09 am Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Some of the state’s biggest races were narrowed down on Tuesday as the election season marches on toward November.

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood dominated the Democratic Governor’s primary with 69 percent of the vote and nearly 170,000 votes. Hood easily carried Lafayette County, with 72 percent of the vote (3,106 votes). No other candidate had more than 384 votes in Lafayette County’s primary.

Hood’s opponent was not determined as of press time Tuesday night. The Republican primary was too close to call and potentially heading for a runoff between current Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves and Bill Waller, Jr. Waller defeated Reeves by over 1,100 votes in Lafayette County’s primary. The third Republican candidate, Robert Foster, conceded the primary on Tuesday and was heading toward a distant third-place finish overall with less than 20 percent of the statewide vote.

The race for Reeves’ replacement as Lieutenant Governor will be between current District 10 state representative Jay Hughes and current Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. Hughes ran unopposed in the Democratic primary and Hosemann defeated Shane Quick handily in the Republican primary. Hosemann carried Lafayette County with 81 percent of the vote.

In the state senate, current District 1 supervisor Kevin Frye will run against Nicole Atkins Boyd for the District 9 seat in November. Each ran unopposed in Tuesday’s primary. In the House of Representatives, the race for the District 12 seat will be between Tiffany Kilpatrick and Clay Deweese, who also ran unopposed in their respective primary races. The District 13 seat will be contested between Republican Steve Massengill and Democrat Pamela J. Denham.

In the race to determine the District 5 representative in the state house, incumbent John Faulkner won his Democratic primary with 59 percent of the vote. Deceased candidate Carl Robinson, who murdered his wife at her office in Potts Camp before turning the gun on himself, received 464 votes posthumously on Tuesday. Due to his death prior to the primary but after absentee ballots had been printed, write-in votes were allowed to be counted. There will be a runoff in the District 10 Representative race between Democratic candidates Amanda Campbell and Nolan Webb. Campbell received 46 percent of the vote while Webb received just under 30 percent. Webb recently announced he was withdrawing from the race, but with his name on the ballot he was still an active candidate during Tuesday’s primary.

Oxford’s Geoffrey Yoste will face John Caldwell in a runoff to determine the Republican candidate for the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s Northern District commissioner. Yoste carried Lafayette County handily with 59 percent of the vote (2,862 votes). Trey Bowman was the next closest with 880 votes. Caldwell received 33 percent of the overall votes and Yoste received nearly 26 percent.

The winner of the Aug. 27 runoff will face Democratic candidate Joe T. ‘Joey’ Grist in November’s general election. Grist ran unopposed in Tuesday’s primary.