Rare is the Mississippi election cycle in which the race for the state No. 2 spot draws as much or more attention than the governor’s race, but in 2011 that just might be the case at least in the Republican primary.
In the Republican primary for lieutenant governor, state Sen. Billy Hewes of Gulfport was officially joined by State Treasurer Tate Reeves of Rankin County this week.
Reeves’ formal entry into the race is no big surprise since Reeves made a substantial impact at the 2010 Neshoba County Fair in terms of presence, production value and attendance during his speech.
With no Democrat emerging as yet as a challenger to the GOP nominee, all political eyes are on the Hewes-Reeves tilt in the GOP primary. While there is a race with some of the same political dynamics in the Republican gubernatorial primary between incumbent Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, Gulf Coast businessman Dave Dennis and Pearl River County Supervisor Hudson Holliday, the Hewes-Reeves race differs in that neither is a political newcomer.