Bryant defeats Dupree for governor’s seat

Johnny Dupree

JACKSON – Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree was defeated Tuesday by Phil Bryant in his run for Mississippi’s next governor. DuPree, 57, won a Democratic primary runoff and advanced to the Nov. 8 general election to face off against Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, 56, of Brandon.

The results, with 97% of precincts reporting:

Bryant (R) 502,881        61%

Dupree (D) 321,257       39%

Dupree is his third term as mayor of Hattiesburg.

Dupree became the first black candidate in modern times to win a major-party nod for Mississippi governor in a state that reportedly hasn’t had a black statewide official since the Reconstruction.

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 in 2003.

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

Republicans have held the Mississippi Governor’s Mansion for four of the past five terms.

More state and local election results will be posted as they are received on

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