Mississippi primaries: Race for Lieutenant Governor

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FILE – In this Jan. 9, 2019 file photo, Delbert Hosemann, Mississippi’s three-term Republican Secretary of State, explains to reporters, why he is running for lieutenant governor. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

(AP) – Three-term Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has won the Republican nomination for Mississippi lieutenant governor. The 72-year-old Jackson lawyer defeated little-known Shane Quick of Lake Cormorant Tuesday in the GOP primary.

Hosemann will face Democratic state Rep. Jay Hughes of Oxford in November as both men seek to ascend to a traditionally powerful office that controls the state Senate. Hughes was unopposed for his party’s nomination. Current Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is running for governor.

Rep. Jay Hughes, D-Oxford, addresses the crowd at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Miss., Wednesday, July 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Hosesmann is pledging pay raises for teachers, a broad expansion of Mississippi’s preschool program for 4-year-olds, more focus on career training and community college, and improved roads and bridges. He touts his management of the secretary of state’s office, both in cutting expenses as well as in improving technology and service

Quick, a first-time candidate who works in health care, ran a low-budget campaign focused on tea party and libertarian themes.

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