Bryant scores Republican victory in Mississippi gubernatorial election; many down ballot races follow suit
JACKSON, Mississippi: The historic 2011 state executive election season in Mississippi has come to a close with few surprises. In the race to replace term-limited Governor Haley Barbour, Republican Phil Bryant (the state's current lieutenant governor) defeated Democrat Johnny DuPree. Of the eleven state executive races decided tonight, none resulted in a change in the party affiliation of the officeholder.
Republicans picked up victories in the races for lieutenant governor, agriculture commissioner, auditor, insurance commissioner and both the Central and Southern district of the public service commission.
Going into the election, Democrats held two seats, both of which were successfully defended by incumbents. Attorney General of Mississippi Jim Hood won re-election over Steve Simpson; Brandon Presley beat Boyce Adams for a seat on the Mississippi Public Service Commission, representing the Northern district.
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