GOP Insider: Foster to Endorse Ex-Opponent Waller in GOP Runoff for Governor


Mississippi House Rep. Robert Foster plans to endorse former Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller in the Republican runoff for governor, a GOP insider told the Jackson Free Press on Sunday evening.

Foster, who placed third in the Aug. 6 primary with 18% of the vote, will make the announcement at 9 a.m. at the Wade Inc. John Deere Dealership in his north Mississippi hometown of Hernando.

"Looking forward to making a formal announcement regarding my endorsement (or not) in the #msgov runoff tomorrow in Hernando, and where we go from here," Foster tweeted late Monday morning, without naming the endorsee.

Foster did not respond to a request for comment on Sunday evening, but the source, who asked to remain anonymous, said "it's a done deal."

Waller's Meat-and-Potato Issues: Health, Roads, Bridges

In a Monday morning press release, Waller's campaign also teased a series of three press conferences "to announce (a) major endorsement" in Gulfport, Hattiesburg and Jackson for Tuesday. Waller will hold his Jackson press conference downtown at his South State Street office at 5 p.m.

In the Aug. 6 primaries, Waller was able to push Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, the GOP frontrunner, into a runoff by keeping him below the 50% plus one ballot threshold required to win a nomination in the first round. Reeves won 48.9% of the vote.

While Waller has kept his campaign focused on meat-and-potatoes issues like health care, roads, and bridges, Foster spent time on the campaign trail touting his support for President Donald Trump and wading into national politics by attacking out-of-state congresswomen who make up "The Squad"—a tactic used even more frequently by Reeves. To varying degrees, Reeves and Foster have both used harsh language and emphasized cultural issues designed to draw support from evangelicals and Trump conservatives.

Waller and Foster Agree on Medicaid Expansion, Vouchers

While Reeves and

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