Mississippi’s governor, lt. governor avoid runoffs; see how Lincoln County voted

Published 11:22 am Wednesday, August 9, 2023

The top two incumbent Republican politicians in Mississippi lived to fight another day after the Primary Election Tuesday.

Gov. Tate Reeves received his party’s nomination for a second term. He will face Democrat Brandon Presley in the November General Election. They will also face independent candidate Gwendolyn Gray, a political newcomer. Gray, age 68, leads a non-profit organization called the Southern Foundation for Homeless Children, which offers nutritional programs, and says one of her main concerns as governor would be alleviating poverty.

Mississippi on Tuesday also had a three-person Republican primary for the second-highest office in state government. First-term Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann won, avoiding a runoff against state Sen. Chris McDaniel. Educator Tiffany Longino trailed in a distant third.

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Although the governor and lieutenant governor run as a ticket in some states, they run separately in Mississippi. The lieutenant governor presides over the state Senate, chooses Senate committee leaders and has great leeway in deciding which bills live or die.


Statewide race results in Lincoln County


David Grady Hardigree (Rep.) 480

Tate Reeves (Rep.) 5,681

John Witcher (Rep.) 1,302

Brandon Presley (Dem.) 1,428


Lt. Governor

Delbert Hosemann (Rep.) 4,080

Tiffany Longino (Rep.) 300

Chris McDaniel (Rep.) 3,120

Ryan Grover (Dem.) 1,383


Secretary of State

Michael Watson (Rep.) 7,169

Shuwaski A. Young (Dem.) 1,399


State Attorney General

Lynn Fitch (Rep.) 7,170

Greta Kemp Martin (Dem.) 1,402


State Auditor

Shad White (Rep.) 6,715

Larry Bradford (Dem.) 1,392


State Treasurer

David McRae (Rep.) 7,144

Addie L. Green (Dem.) 1,395


State Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce

Andy Gipson (Rep.) 7,184

Robert “Brad” Bradford Sr. (Dem.) 650

Bethany Hill (Dem.) 504

Terry Rogers II (Dem.) 272


State Commissioner of Insurance

Mike Chaney (Rep.) 6,180

Mitch Young (Rep.) 1,147

Bruce Burton (Dem.) 1,391


Public Service Commissioner Southern District

Nelson Wayne Carr (Rep.) 3,840

Dane Maxwell (Rep.) 3,188


Transportation Commissioner Southern District

Charles Busby (Rep.) 7,050


State Senate 39

Jason T. Barrett (Rep.) 7,149


State House of Rep District 53

Vince Mangold (Rep.) 2,438


State House of Rep District 92

Becky Currie (Rep.) 4,713



The Associated Press’ Emily Wagster Pettus contributed to this story.