Two of the three Republican candidates for Mississippi’s highest office squared off in a debate in Lee Hall's Bettersworth Auditorium on the Mississippi State University campus Tuesday night, with topics ranging from health care to teacher pay raises.

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Bill Waller Jr., left, and Robert Foster greet each other before Tuesday’s first Republican gubernatorial primary debate at Lee hall at Mississippi State in Starkville.

The College Republicans and the MSU Department of Political Science and Public Administration hosted the debate between former Chief Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court Bill Waller, Jr. and state Rep. Robert Foster of Hernando.

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves declined the debate due to a scheduling conflict. Brett Harvey was the moderator along with two panelists, Byron Brown and Caleb Bedillion.

The candidates discussed several topics such as economic development, infrastructure, health care, and education in Mississippi.

The Republican primary is set for Aug. 6 and the general election will be held on Nov. 5.

For more on the debate, read Wednesday's Starkville Daily News.

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