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Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny Dupree celebrates nomination

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HATTIESBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Republican and Democratic nominees for statewide, legislative and county offices were decided during Tuesday's election.

In the race for governor, Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny Dupree came away the winner on the Democratic ticket.

He defeated Clarksdale attorney and developer Bill Luckett.

Dupree took more than 170,000 votes, good enough for 55 percent of the vote.

Dupree's victory is historic.

He becomes the first black candidate to win a major party nomination for the state's highest office.

Dupree celebrated his victory Tuesday night in Hattiesburg.

"People still want some to talk about what changes their lives...We'll continue to try to do those things and that's the mission that resonated," Dupree said.

Following his defeat, Luckett immediately put his support behind Dupree who faces Republican Phil Bryant in November.

Two rival factions of the reform party also want to put a candidate in the governor's race.

But the state board of election commissioners has not decided which reform candidate; if either, is eligible to run.

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