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The Latest: Reeves tops Waller in campaign cash on hand

August 20, 2019
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Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, a gubernatorial candidate, congratulates his supporters during an appearance at his election watch party in Flowood, Miss., Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. Reeves was in the lead of his party primary. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
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Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, a gubernatorial candidate, congratulates his supporters during an appearance at his election watch party in Flowood, Miss., Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. Reeves was in the lead of his party primary. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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

6:35 p.m.

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves has nearly 10 times more campaign cash than his opponent in the Republican primary for governor.

Documents filed with the secretary of state’s office Tuesday show Reeves had about $3.4 million in multiple campaign accounts as of Saturday.

Retired Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. reports about $350,000 cash on hand.

They are in an Aug. 27 runoff.

The Republican nominee for governor will face Democrat Jim Hood and two other candidates in the Nov. 5 general election. Hood is the current attorney general.

Only the runoff candidates had to file campaign finance reports Tuesday.

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3:31 p.m.

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he is supporting Tate Reeves for the Republican nomination for governor.

Barbour says Tuesday that “two good people” are in the Aug. 27 party primary runoff. Reeves is the current lieutenant governor, and Bill Waller Jr. is a retired chief justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court.

Appearing at the state Republican Party headquarters with Reeves, Barbour said Reeves understands that “government doesn’t have any money except what it takes from the public.”

Reeves repeated his opposition to increasing Mississippi’s gasoline tax. Waller has said a gas tax increase would be a fair way to fund highway improvements because it would be paid by people using the roads.

The Mississippi Asphalt Pavement Association endorsed Waller on Monday, saying that highway construction creates jobs.

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