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Republican gubernatorial candidate, Rep. Robert Foster of Hernando, awaits an audience reaction to his speech at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Miss., Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. Foster seeks his party's nomination for in next week's primary. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Foster backs Waller in GOP runoff for Mississippi governor

In this Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, photo, Republican William Waller Jr., left, and wife, Charlotte Waller, enter the Waller watch party to cheers and applause, in Jackson, Miss. The former Mississippi Supreme Court chief justice is in a runoff election against Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, for the party’s gubernatorial nomination. (Barbara Gauntt/The Clarion-Ledger via AP)

The candidate eliminated from the Republican primary for Mississippi governor is endorsing former state Supreme Court Justice Bill Waller Jr. for the party’s nomination.

State Rep. Robert Foster of Hernando on Tuesday announced his support of Waller, who’s competing with Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves in an Aug. 27 runoff.

Reeves received 49% of the vote Aug. 6. Waller received 33% and Foster received 18%.

Foster and Waller have both said Mississippi should consider paying for highway improvements by increasing gasoline taxes and reducing other taxes. Both also said Mississippi should allow the working poor to purchase coverage in Medicaid, which would require federal approval. Reeves opposes those ideas.

In the Nov. 5 general election for governor, the Republican nominee will face Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood and two other candidates.

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