By Emily Wagster Pettus
Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant of Brandon continues to be the top fundraiser in the race for Mississippi governor, with less than a month to go before the Aug. 2 primaries.
In the race for lieutenant governor, Republican Tate Reeves of Flowood, who's in his second term as state treasurer, has still collecting the most money.
Candidates filed their most recent campaign finance reports Friday, to show money raised and spent through June 30.
Reeves reported spending nearly $1.3 million this year and having more than $1.4 million cash on hand. Among Reeves' contributors is state Sen. Billy Hudson of Hattiesburg, who gave $10,000.
Five-term state Sen. Billy Hewes III of Gulfport, who's also in the Republican primary for lieutenant governor, reported spending $1.4 million and having $567,289 on hand.
His father, Billy Hewes Jr. of Gulfport, has given $7,300 cash and has made a $100,000 loan to the campaign. Among the other big contributors to the Hewes campaign is longtime Republican money man W.D. Mounger of Jackson, who gave $25,000.
The lieutenant governor's race will be decided, for all practical purposes, by the two-person Republican primary. No Democrat is running. Two Reform Party groups are trying to get a candidate on the Nov. 8 general election ballot, but Reform candidates have no history of financing significant statewide campaigns in Mississippi.