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WHO IS THIS GUY? Candidate who didn’t even vote wins Democratic nomination

Robert Gray of Jackson, Miss., who won the Democratic primary for governor, stands outside the governor's office at the state Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. Gray, a long distance truck driver, was a surprise winner, having spent virtually no money on advertisement and doing a limited amount of campaigning. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

The 46-year-old truck driver who won the Democratic nomination for Mississippi governor says he spent nothing on his campaign and knows nobody in politics. He didn’t even vote in the primary because he says he was busy. Robert Gray can’t explain how he defeated the trial lawyer who was the favored candidate of the party establishment in Tuesday’s primary. Gray, ...

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Attorney General Jim Hood: Decision soon on 4th-term run

JACKSON — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said Thursday that he will decide soon whether to seek a fourth term this year. Hood, 52, is the only Democrat in statewide office. Responding Thursday to questions from The Associated Press, Hood said he will make a decision about his political plans in the next week or so. Asked if he is ...

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Election panel meets in wake of McDaniel-Cochran dispute

JACKSON — A 51-person panel convened by Mississippi’s Secretary of State plans to examine possible changes to voting and elections practices. At its first meeting yesterday, the panel took up one of the most troublesome issues in the aftermath of the Republican primary fight between U.S. Sen Thad Cochran and state Sen. Chris McDaniel: Who should be allowed to vote ...

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Congressional candidate asked to pull out over military service

JACKSON — The head of Mississippi’s Democratic Party says he has advised the party’s nominee to pull out of the 1st District congressional race because exaggeration of his military service — calling himself a “Green Beret veteran of Desert Storm” when he was a food service worker at Fort Bragg during the 1991 campaign in Iraq — has cost him ...

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Cochran reaches out to unions, blacks for runoff votes

WASHINGTON — Six-term Republican Sen. Thad Cochran is trying to survive an intense tea party challenge in Mississippi by reaching out to union members and black voters — two groups that traditionally support Democrats. But he risks a backlash from conservatives ready to support his opponent, state Sen. Chris McDaniel. Even as Cochran is running TV ads aimed at conservatives ...

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Leaders react to former Gov. Allain's death; family issues statement

Reactions have come from some Mississippi leaders, both Democrat and Republican, to the death of former Gov. Bill Allain: • Democrat William Winter, who was governor from January 1980 to January 1984, when Allain was attorney general and just before Allain was governor: “His legacy will be those reforms he successfully implemented in separating the authority of the Legislature from ...

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Former Gov. Bill Waller dies

JACKSON — Former Mississippi Gov. William Waller Sr., 85, died Wednesday. On Tuesday Waller was admitted to St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, his law office confirmed. Waller served as governor from 1972-76 — a time when Mississippi governors were limited to one term. He ran unsuccessfully for the state’s highest office in 1967, but went on to win the 1971 ...

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Dema appoint Cole

The Mississippi Democratic Party has appointed Rickey Cole as its new executive director. Cole replaces Travis Brock, who held the job the past several months. Cole, 45, has homes in Jackson and Ovett. He was the state Democratic Party chairman from 2001 through 2004 and ran unsuccessfully for state agriculture commissioner in 2007 and U.S. Senate in 2000.

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