Since Democrats didn’t field a candidate, and Tate Reeves, the incumbent treasurer, only faces token Reform Party opposition, he is virtually assured election as lieutenant governor on Nov. 8.
He has earned the job, building a record and coming through a competitive party primary on Aug. 2.
While Reeves performed well as state treasurer, with no previous legislative experience, he’ll be surely tested in this job. The lieutenant governor presides over the Senate, names committee chairmen and sets the agenda for legislation. It’s one of the most powerful posts in state government.