Even man's best friend was part of the political action Tuesday as the state's top race in the primaries became a gubernatorial showdown.
Phil Bryant was seen as the front runner and out spent every other candidate and once the results began to come in;for Phil Bryant, it was an evident victory pulling in nearly 60 percent of the total vote.
"This was a republican campaign for the nomination for the governor of the state of Mississippi. Ladies and gentlemen, I accept," Bryant told a crowd of supporters.
From deputy sheriff to state representative to state auditor and current lieutenant governor, Bryant beat out four other Republican candidates looking to become the GOP nominee.
Bryant says his experience and record in office is what voters want to see carried into the governor's chair.
"I've been a conservative reformer and that's a unique thing to be," Bryant said. "We're going to change this old system of government to something that's more like the Ronald Reagan philosophy and they understand that's what I stand for."
While Bryant is now focusing on November's general election; on the democratic side, a contender is yet to be determined.
For Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree and Clarksdale businessman Bill Luckett, it's round two after being forced into a runoff.
"We're energized and up and going after it again," Luckett said.
The two other candidates on the ballot, William Compton and Guy Shaw both are endorsing DuPree who says loosing an election is the only outcome worse than a runoff.
"We'll work as hard as we've done in the past and hopefully in three weeks we'll be ready," DuPree said.
While DuPree pulled in more votes than Luckett; the self-proclaimed man who builds things, says having business experience rather than political is what his campaign will continue to build on.
"I've got to work extra hard in some counties, we're already talking strategies, we're targeting them right now," Luckett said. "We're going to be out there my tool belt and hand going to work."
Once the democrats battle it out, the final showdown will come in November where the party nominees will go up against an independent and reform candidate.
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