’ll admit I was a little surprised that Rep. Gregg Harper did decide to offer his support for state Sen. Lee Yancey in the race to be the next state treasurer. Yancey matches up with two other strong Republican candidates in the race: Lynn Fitch and Lucien Smith. We’ve generally seen Republican leaders stay on the sidelines- at least publicly- during the primary process, but a Harper endorsement is a big one- no doubt.
Here are a couple points on it:
1) Yancey was already going to do well in Rankin county; home base of both Yancey and Harper. I think Harper’s backing will really help him run up the score in the Republican bastion. In 2007, Rankin provided about 26,000 votes in the GOP primary which had a little less than 200,000 votes statewide. I believe both those numbers will be higher this year, but that is still 13 percent of the entire electorate.
Majority in Mississippi