BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The latest poll may be cause for worry for some candidates, but not Dave Dennis. Trailing Lt. Governor Phil Bryant by about 20 points, Dennis says he's right where he wants to be.
"What we're doing is zeroing in on the counties that have the most impact, literally 12 to 15 counties that represent almost 90 percent of the republican vote in the state of Mississippi," Dennis said. "That's where we are. That's where we are concentrating and our numbers reflect extremely good progress."
Speaking before more than 200 people, Dennis touted his non-political background.
"There's a clear choice between a career politician, career bureaucrat and private sector success in business credential people. That's who we are," Dennis said. "The governor of Mississippi is the CEO for the state of Mississippi."
When he speaks before groups, the number one issue is employment.
"Jobs, they all want jobs," Dennis emphasized. "They want the ability to have a good job and the ability to leverage their family's income and the chance to improve their stake in life."
So how do you bring those jobs to the state?
"A governor has to look people straight in the eye and let them know there's an environment for their investment, if you will, in this state. To succeed, there has to be predictable regulatory arenas, predictable tax structures, there has to be things in place so that when someone invests in the state, that investment has a chance to grow."
The republican primary is Tuesday, August 2. Four other candidates for governor are in the GOP race, including Lt. Governor Phil Bryant, Hudson Holliday, Ron Williams, and James Broadwater.