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The mayor of Hattiesburg, Miss., Democrat Johnny DuPree, is the first black candidate to win a major party’s nomination for governor in the state since Reconstruction. He’s a long shot in the election against a well-funded lieutenant governor, Republican Phil Bryant. DuPree is not focusing on race, saying he’d rather talk about issues and his leadership skills.
He is running a low-key campaign across the state, trying to increase his name recognition. There are no mudslinging and political attack ads. At the Hinds County Democratic Party’s annual Beans and Greens dinner in Jackson, DuPree reached out to the party faithful.