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Johnny Dupree, the mayor of Hattiesburg, Miss. and first African American candidate selected to run for Governor in the state, lost on Tuesday in the state’s Gubernatorial election.

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Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant won in a landslide victory with nearly 60 percent percent of the vote.

“I know what I am, and people see what my race is. What I’m talking about is the ability for anybody to run for any office in this state they want to even if they don’t have a significant amount of money, that’s supposed to be a red state instead of a blue state or blue state instead of a red state, but they have the opportunity to give the people a voice.”