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Republican Candidates For Governor Make Last Minute Pitch At Neshoba

By Jeffrey Hess | Published 28 Jul 2011 05:08pm | comments

Republicans candidates wanting to be the next governor are racing towards the finish line and using a popular County fair to wrap undecided voters.

Lt. Governor Phil Bryant is widely seen as the front runnerin the race having spent more than three million dollars on his primary campaign.He used the fair to remind voters of his time in Jackson.

"I have been there, I have done that. We have a record of success in tort reform. The most amazing tort reform in the last 25 years in Mississippi. And look at the number of companies that Governor Barbour and I have broke ground and cut ribbons on. We have been there, done that and will continue to do it in the future," Bryant said.

Outgoing Republican Governor Haley Barbour says job creation will be the biggest challenge of the next governor, and Coastal Businessman Dave Dennis says his background in business makes him the man for the job.

"That's what they want. They want people that look forward, that understand business, that understand job creation. That's who we are. There is a choice between career politics and private sector success and private sector leadership. That's who we are. That is what we represent and that is what we have represented our whole lives is working, creating jobs and doing what we feel very good at," Dennis said.

A number of voters at the Neshoba County Fair say they have not made up their minds about who to vote for even with the primary just a few days a way.

Kevin Blackwell says the fair gives him a chance to get an up close look at each candidate before deciding.

"I think it is a wonderful opportunity for folks to have almost a one-on-one with the various candidates. Its not partisan, you have got people from both parties here. I think it is a good thing to help educate the people," Blackwell said.

Governor Barbour says he will not endorse any candidate, but will support the eventual Republican nominee.

The primary election for both parties is Tuesday.



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