Endorsements & Recommendations From Mississippi Right to Life
Mississippi Right to Life sent out their July newsletter with endorsements, recommendations, questionnaire responses, and exceptions permitted by the candidate. First, this list is yet to be completed. It was updated as of July 20, but responses appear to still be coming in; and you will notice many were missing. Another newsletter, with additional information, is set to be released before the primary, and they will continue to add information leading to the November general election.
Here is an explanation of endorsements versus recommendations from MSRTL: “Although there is a more complicated explanation, the simple one is that an incumbent with a 100% voting record (of the bills we scored) and a100% questionnaire will get an endorsement. If the incumbent has 100% on either one but not on the other, they can get a recommendation. For the non-incumbent with 100% on the questions they can get a recommendation. These rules went into effect four years ago after that election when the PAC wanted to have a way to show more diverse information. MSRTL PAC will make more endorsements and recommendations, so because your candidate’s name is not listed, it does not mean they won’t get an endorsement or recommendation.”
For statewide offices, MSRTL endorsed Phil Bryant, Delbert Hosemann, and Stacey Pickering. They have offered recommendations for Billy Hewes, Tate Reeves, Lucien Smith, and Lee Yancey. There has been no response from Lynn Fitch yet. We also haven’t seen anything from Jim Hood or Steve Simpson.
As for grades, Phil Bryant and Dave Dennis took the MSRTL position on all 14 questions, and make exception for life of the mother only. Johnny DuPree makes exception for life of mother, incest, and rape, and took the MSRTL position on 12 of the questions. Bill Luckett has yet to send in his response.
Here is the full list of statewide and legislative candidates: