Gubernatorial candidate Dave Dennis upbeat on election day

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - All eyes will be on a heated statewide race with coast connections, and that is the race for governor. WLOX caught up with Republican candidate Dave Dennis and his family as they voted at the West Harrison Civic Center Tuesday.

Dennis hardly looked like a man who has been getting just a few hours of sleep every night. He was all smiles as he prepared to vote in the primary election.

When asked how he was feeling, Dennis responded: "Excellent. After two years of doing this wide open, it's time to call the question and we're ready."

Dennis already received his wife's vote. The couple has logged countless hours, crisscrossing the state on the campaign trail.

"We've made a lot of friends on the road and I hope most of them are voting for Dave today," said Jane Dennis. "He's a good man and he can do anything the state needs."

And for his two children, it was a special day seeing their dad's name on the ballot.

"He was the first one I checked off. So it was truly an honor to vote for him," said his daughter Kate Dennis. "I don't know anybody who has been more involved on the coast in the last 35 years, and I can't think of anyone more deserving. I know he will be a fantastic governor."

"I'm feeling good. See how things turn out and put our trust in the voters," said his son Padrick Dennis.

That was the same upbeat attitude Dennis experienced on election day.

"The energy is good and the momentum in the last two weeks has been extraordinarily strong in our direction," said Dennis.

After casting their ballots, it was back to work with more handshakes, hugs, and high fives.  Dennis stopped at a Gulfport restaurant, Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, and various small businesses.

"If you've not voted, we'd appreciate your consideration," Dennis told some customers at a Gulfport restaurant.

Dennis said it was a moment he will savor, no matter what the outcome will be in this gubernatorial race.

"Whatever the good Lord thinks the answer is tonight, we'll be at peace with. But we feel extremely good about where it's headed," said Dennis.

After a full-day of campaigning, the Dennis family watched the election returns at a Gulfport hotel.

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