Candidates make final case before election day

Candidates make final case before election day

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Wherever you go, there's a good chance you'll see election signs, but there's one name you probably haven't seen -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Robert Gray.

The truck driver, who is running for office for the first time, has had a limited budget to work with.

"We've had very small donations," said Gray. "I've been using my own money, and a hand full of supporters have provided funds."

Incumbent Gov. Phil Bryant has an overwhelming advantage in campaign financing funds. He's spent more than $2 million on the campaign, but Bryant isn't taking re-election for granted.

"The only candidates that I've ever seen lose when they couldn't lose, thought they couldn't lose," said Bryant. "History is full of them."

Reform Party candidate Shawn O'Hara is also on the gubernatorial ballot.

The state's most hotly contested race is for Attorney General. Mike Hurst looks to unseat Jim Hood, the last remaining Democrat to hold state office.

"We're going to do something we've never done here in Mississippi before," said Hurst. "We're going to elect our first ever Republican Attorney General."

While Incumbent Jim Hood is running on his experience as Attorney General for the last 12 years.

"I'm running on my record," said Hood. "The people know me and they know what I've done as Attorney General."

The Southern District will have a new Public Service Commissioner, as well. Democrat Tom Blanton, Republican Sam Britton and Reform Party Candidate Lonny Spence are running to replace Steve Renfroe.

In South Mississippi, there are contested supervisor's races in all six local counties, as well as sheriff's races in George and Stone Counties. Additionally, voters in Stone County will make a decision on liquor sales.

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