Governor Candidates Hit the Stage

By: Nick Adam Email
By: Nick Adam Email

On Thursday supporters for some candidates were bused into the Neshoba County Fairgrounds, and those vocal groups accounted for a big part of the crowd under the pavilion, but most candidates say the Fair still provides a unique opportunity to reach out to the public.

"People tell me it's not really important to me running as a Democrat," says Bill Luckett, "I disagree with them, this an incredible setting here."

"This has put me in front of people," says fellow Democratic candidate Johnny DuPree. "Instead of having to depend on a television commercial, or radio commercial to do this, and this is the way it should be."

Candidates remain confident that they can capture undecided Mississippi voters with just a few days to go before the August 2nd primary.

"There is still a big block of people trying to make up their minds," says Republican candidate Dave Dennis.

"We're really happy with where we're at, we're going to push hard toward the finish," says Lt. Governor and candidate Phil Bryant.

In this race Mississippi State University Journalist in Residence Sid Salter gives the edge to Bryant. Salter says the Lt. Governor may even secure enough votes to avoid a runoff in the primary.

Salter says DuPree has the slight edge over Luckett on the Democratic ticket.

"I don't think there was any major movement in the top two races [following the Fair speeches]."

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