He is the first black candidate to win a major-party nod for the state’s top job
JACKSON — Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree has won the Democratic nomination for Mississippi governor, becoming the first black candidate to win major-party nod for the state’s top job.
DuPree defeated Clarksdale attorney and developer Bill Luckett in Tuesday’s Democratic primary runoff.
He advances to the Nov. 8 general election to face Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, who already has spent more than twice as much as DuPree and Luckett, combined.
Independent Will Oatis of Silver Creek is running for governor. Two rival factions of the Reform Party also want to put a candidate in the race, but the state Board of Election Commissioners has not yet decided which Reform candidate — if either — can to run.
Republican Gov. Haley Barbour could not seek a third term this year.