Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves defeated former Supreme Court Justice Bill Waller in the runoff for the Republican nomination for governor. Reeves advances to face Democrat Attorney General Jim Hood in the November general election. 

Reeves maintained a steady lead throughout the night as results began to trickle in. The race was called shortly before 9 p.m. 

As county totals began to appear, the board looked eerily similar to three weeks ago. A huge chunk of votes for Waller in Hinds, Madison, and Rankin counties, while Reeves performed well virtually everywhere else in the state.

Waller made some new inroads, particularly Northeast Mississippi, but it wasn’t nearly enough to slow down Reeves in Republican primary strongholds outside the metro area. 

Map: Counties won by each candidate

Source: Associated Press

This includes the population centers that are furthest north and south in the state. 

Once again, Reeves was simply dominant in the lower six counties, most notably, the three Coast counties. Reeves won 66 percent of the vote in Harrison county, 69 percent in Hancock county, and 71 percent in Jackson county. South Mississippi again was able to provide the numbers needed to counteract Waller’s strength in the metro area.

And Reeves notched a victory in Desoto county. It was carried by State Rep. Robert Foster, who represents a House district in Desoto county, three weeks ago. Foster proceeded to endorse Waller, but Reeves still won 54 percent of the vote in the county. 

Also, as of 9:30 p.m., state Treasurer Lynn Fitch was maintaining a small lead over attorney Andy Taggart in the race for the Republican nomination for attorney general. With 90 percent in, Fitch was leading 51.5- 48.5 though the race has yet to be called. 

Stay tuned. We will have more election coverage on Wednesday.