Earlier this summer, the NRA endorsed Phil Bryant as he was facing Dave Dennis and others in the GOP primary. In the lieutenant governor’s race they gave A’s to both Billy Hewes and Tate Reeves, but held off on a formal endorsement. Not that it matters now, but Reeves did win their endorsement. The group, however, chose not to issue an endorsement in the race for attorney general. Steve Simpson received an A based off the questionnaire, while Jim Hood received a B. Not exactly sure how low the incumbents’ grade needs to be before that triggers an endorsement for the challenger.
Those endorsements for challengers, they were few and far between. As we have talked about over the past couple years, the NRA rewards incumbents who support their position. They might say it is not necessarily automatic, but it’s as close to automatic as you can get. Incumbents who received an A all received an endorsement. Here is a complete listing of grades and endorsements.
Majority in Mississippi