Mississippi primaries: GOP gubernatorial candidate from Desoto County concedes after third place finish

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HERNANDO, Miss. (localmemphis.com) – Mississippi State Representative Robert Foster conceded his race for Mississippi governor Tuesday night, after finishing in third place and not qualifying for a potential two-person runoff election.

The Republican said his eight-month campaign helped him grow his knowledge of the Mississippi and its values.

If there is a runoff August 27th, Foster said it’s unclear whether he’ll endorse either Republican Bill Waller, Jr. or Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves.

As for Foster, who runs a farm, he said he doesn’t plan to run for political office again anytime soon, but said he had no regrets about how he ran his campaign.

“We just put everything we could in these last eight months, did the best we could with what we had, a tiny fraction of the budget compared to our opponents but it all grassroots money and that’s what means so much to me,” Foster said.

Earlier this summer, Foster drew national headlines when he said because of his faith and his marriage, he would not be with a woman reporter alone unless she had a male chaperone present. Critics labeled that belief sexist.

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