Mississippi Seal

Mississippi Lt. Governor Tate Reeves won yesterday’s Republican gubernatorial primary runoff with 54% of the vote. Reeves now advances to the general election in November, when he will face the Democrats’ nominee, Attorney General Jim Hood.

“There will be a stark contrast at the top of the ballot in Mississippi this November,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “With Tate Reeves, Mississippi voters have a proven conservative, one who has already worked hard to enact pro-growth tax relief and committed to opposing any and all future efforts to hike taxes.”

While both Reeves and Hood are competing to succeed Governor Phil Bryant (R-Miss.), Tate Reeves is the only candidate in the race who has ruled out tax hikes like Governor Bryant has. Jim Hood, by contrast, has made it clear that tax hikes are on the table for Mississippi families and employers if he were to be elected this fall.

Tate Reeves is a signer of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, a written commitment to Mississippi taxpayers that he will oppose and veto any and all efforts to hike state taxes if elected the next Governor of Mississippi. Hood refuses to make this same commitment to Mississippi taxpayers.

In addition to Lt. Governor Tate Reeves and Governor Phil Bryant, 10 other sitting governors are signers of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, as are 47 U.S. Senators and 160 current members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Pledge signers include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise.