In what has been one of the most bitter battles of the primary season, Tate Reeves defeated Billy Hewes in the Republican lieutenant governor’s race Tuesday.
Reeves, 37, and Hewes, 49, traded attacks at every opportunity in the race, with biting ads and direct criticisms of the rival’s record.
Reeves held onto his front-runner standing. Throughout the night, the race was tight. With 83 percent of the precincts reporting, Reeves had 136,945 or 56 percent to Hewes’ 106, 625 or 44 percent.
With no Democrat in the race, Reeves is all but guaranteed to be the state’s next lieutenant governor.
He could face a Reform Party candidate in the Nov. 8 general election, but that party has never had a successful candidate for statewide office.