A.P. Declares Bryant Winner of Governor's Race

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Republican Phil Bryant of Brandon won the Mississippi governor's race Tuesday, defeating Democrat Johnny
DuPree of Hattiesburg.

Bryant will take office Jan. 10 to succeed Republican Haley
Barbour, who couldn't seek a third term as governor.

The 56-year-old Bryant makes history as the first Republican to succeed another Republican as Mississippi governor in modern times.

Barbour unseated a one-term Democrat, Ronnie Musgrove, in 2003.

DuPree, 57, is the first black candidate to win a major-party
nomination for the Mississippi governor. He's in his third term as mayor of Hattiesburg.

Bryant outspent DuPree 7-to-1, and the two nominees avoided criticizing each other during the campaign.

Republicans have held the governor's office for 4 of the past five terms.

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  • by Fuller Location: Meridian on Nov 9, 2011 at 12:52 PM
    To comment on Melvin, I would just like to say there are 49 other States available to live in, so take your choice if you feel Mississippi is so negative. We are still number one in charitable giving and church goers. We may not all be perfect but we sure try real hard. We made it through the most devastating disaster in American history, why? Because unlike the majority of this nation, "In God We Still Trust" black or white. We don't hide the fact that we still have some racial issues to overcome but that is what Mississippian's do, we overcome. Mr. Johnny DuPree is a great Mississippian and accomplished something no other black Mississippian ever has by being a major Governor party nominee. I will not sit back and allow people like you to try and send us back in time through your negative remarks about our Great State and its people. Now is the time to support our Governor and keep him in our prayers daily and move forward with Governor elect Bryant. Thank you Governor Barbour for serving us for eight great years.
  • by Willy Location: Collinsville on Nov 9, 2011 at 09:08 AM
    Melvin: It's because of people like you that Mississippi will still be burning. you think because of we did not elect a African American to office means we are still racist. Well sir I'm Black and I voted for Bryant because he represents what I believe. if you will look at the rest of the nation they are starting to vote that way again.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 9, 2011 at 04:35 AM
    Mr. Bryant has won the election. God has allowed him to win. God has his purpose. Mr. Bryant and other Republican candidates think it's about "power", and not the "people". However, God is in control and no one can do anything unless God allows it. God has the power.
  • by Melvin Flynt Location: Meridian,ms on Nov 8, 2011 at 09:55 PM
    So after viewing the results of the Election, Im just SMH And the State of Mississippi You will forever be burning, You had a chance to make history to move forward but instead you chose to stay trapped in the pass & left behind & will be wondering why the rest of the USA & the world views of you are NOT POSITIVE
  • by mtowncitizen Location: meridian,ms on Nov 8, 2011 at 08:30 PM
    Well u can't win them all, I'm glad the 26 bill was turned down! Hallelujah 4 that! But we will have barbour 2.0 in office. Let's hope we make it.
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