Pence campaigning for GOP governor nominee in Mississippi

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BILOXI, Miss. (AP) – Hundreds have filed into a convention hall on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast to hear Vice President Mike Pence campaign for the Republican nominee for governor.

Pence and Tate Reeves, currently the lieutenant governor, are appearing Monday at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum in Biloxi.

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Reeves faces fourth-term Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood and two lesser-known candidates Tuesday. The winner will succeed Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who is limited by law to two terms.

President Donald Trump campaigned for Reeves on Friday at a rally in the northeastern Mississippi city of Tupelo.

Mississippi is having its most competitive governor’s race since 2003, when the state’s last Democratic governor was unseated by a Republican.

Reeves and Hood are spending millions, with support from Republican and Democratic national governors’ groups.

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