Louisiana congressman helps raise money for Mississippi GOP

August 27, 2018
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House Majority Whip U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., left, shakes hands with Mike Guest, Republican nominee for the state's Third Congressional District race, during a press availability in Jackson, Miss., Monday, Aug. 27, 2018. Scalise was in Mississippi to headline a luncheon to benefit the Mississippi Republican Party's United Republican Fund.(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana is helping fellow Republicans in neighboring Mississippi raise money for this November’s elections.

Scalise, a potential candidate for U.S. House speaker if Republicans maintain their majority, spoke Monday in Jackson to a Republican luncheon.

Before the luncheon, Scalise appeared briefly before reporters with GOP congressional candidate Michael Guest, who’s running to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper, also a Republican, in a central Mississippi district.

Scalise says Republicans are emphasizing benefits from tax cuts, immigration restrictions, and confirming U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards spoke Saturday at a Mississippi State Democratic Party fundraiser in Brandon which included appearances from state Rep. David Baria and former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy. Both seek U.S. Senate seats this November.

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