JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Republican Phil Bryant will be Mississippi's next governor. Bryant, the current lieutenant governor, defeated Democrat Johnny Dupree, who currently serves as mayor of Hattiesburg.
Bryant cast his vote Tuesday morning in his home county of Rankin. He then made his way through several voting precincts, thanking volunteers for their hard work along the campaign trail.
"Nothing else we could have done to make sure we work to the last minute. It's been a very clean campaign. I think we are very proud, both of us," Bryant said. "And I know Johnny DuPree should be because there's not a negative attack. There haven't been these hit pieces that you see. And I think we really changed the dynamic of the political concept for people running for governor and I'm really proud of that."
It's the first time in more than 125 years that Mississippians have elected back-to-back Republican governors. That's big news for GOP leaders.
"That's a tremendous testament to Mississippi's GOP leaders and elected officials as well as the type of campaign run by Phil Bryant," Republican Governors Association Chairman Bob McDonnell said. "I look forward to welcoming him to the ranks of Republican governors."