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Republican candidates for governor hit the stage

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NESHOBA COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Their names and faces are everywhere and Thursday morning the republican candidates for governor made final attempts to separate themselves from their republican counterparts on why they should represent the GOP.

"When Haley Barbour is gone, there's going to be an incredible leadership void in the state of Mississippi," said republican candidate Dave Dennis.

Five republicans are hoping to fill that void. Two of them have political experience, current lieutenant governor Phil Bryant and Pearl River County supervisor and businessman Hudson Holliday.

The three without political experience, Dave Dennis, Ron Williams and James Broadwater, say that's the point and the state's new leadership should belong to someone outside of current politics.

"The solution is not government. The solution comes from private sector emerging with good answers and moving the state forward," said Dennis.

"Government belongs and originates with the people. These guys work for us," said Williams.

"My hope is that people are saying finally a candidate for governor who a Christian can vote for," said Broadwater.

Some candidates even criticized Bryant who's seen as the front runner and drew the most support.

"All my life I've waited on people like Phil Bryant to move this state forward and you know what we're still the poorest state in the nation and he's been up there for 17 years," said Holliday.

Bryant defends his experience at the state capitol as an advantage and says he's the only one who knows how to get the job done with bringing in more tech savoy jobs and creating a better state.

"We have a firm foundation built by the best governor this state has ever had. We need to frame it up, put a roof on it and build it up for all Mississippians," said Bryant. 

It's those Mississippians who will have to determine which republican contender may help with that construction.

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