HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - With less than two months before the Aug. 2 party primaries, candidates are stepping up their campaigns for Mississippi governor.
Five are on the Republican primary ballot, and four are seeking the Democratic nomination.
Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant has raised the most money in the race, and he's the only one who has held statewide office.
Political scientist Marty Wiseman of Mississippi State University says he thought months ago that businessman Dave Dennis would give Bryant a close race in the Republican primary, but now he's not sure Dennis has effectively introduced himself to voters.
On the Democratic side, Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree and Clarksdale businessman and attorney Bill Luckett have the most active campaigns.
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