Waller campaigns in Quitman

QUITMAN, Miss. (WTOK) - With only a week until Mississippi's important runoff elections, candidates are pushing hard for the finish line.

In the governor's race, Bill Waller, Jr., spent Tuesday afternoon in Clarke County. He was shaking hands and visiting with residents outside the courthouse when Newscenter 11 caught up with him.

Waller says east Mississippi is critical to his campaign.

"To me it's one of the economic engines of the state," said Waller. "And I intend to have a lot of attention down here as the people are just excellent people. We've got great environmental pluses here. We've got great soil, water, everything you need."

Waller faces Tate Reeves in the Aug. 27 GOP primary runoff.

Reeves led the voting in a 3-person primary field, earning 49-percent of the vote.

Robert Foster, who placed third in the first primary, has endorsed Waller in the runoff.