Johnny DuPree

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Johnny DuPree
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Candidate for
Governor of Mississippi
Prior offices
Mayor of Hattiesburg
2001 - Present
Campaign website
Johnny DuPree is the mayor of Hattiesburg, Mississippi and was a Democratic candidate for Governor of Mississippi in the 2011 elections. He finished first in the primary election, but fell short of the requisite 50% plus one needed to secure the party nomination. In a primary runoff election held August 23, 2011, he defeated Clarksdale attorney Bill Luckett, Jr. to win the party nomination. DuPree was defeated in the general election by then-lieutenant governor Phil Bryant.


DuPree was born in Fort Benning, Georgia, and moved to Mississippi as a young child. His parents separated, and at eight years old, he worked as a newspaper carrier to help support his family. He later went on to work at Sears & Roebuck for fifteen years before starting his own company, DuPree Realty, with his wife.

Political experience

DuPree was first appointed to the Hattiesburg Public School Board in 1987. In 1991, he was elected to the Forrest County Board of Supervisors, where he served for ten years up until his election as Mayor of Hattiesburg in 2001.


DuPree highlights the following issues on his website:




The general election was held on November 8, 2011. DuPree was defeated by Phil Bryant.

Governor of Mississippi, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Bryant 61% 544,851
     Democratic Johnny DuPree 39% 348,617
Total Votes 893,468
Election Results via Mississippi Secretary of State


DuPree finished first in the primary election, capturing 43.5% of the vote.

Gubernatorial Democratic Primary election
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party William Bond Compton, Jr. 9.8%
     Democratic Party ApprovedaJohnny DuPree 43.5%
     Democratic Party ApprovedaBill Luckett, Jr. 39.2%
     Democratic Party Guy Dale Shaw 7.3%
Total Votes 412,530

In Mississippi, a majority of the primary vote is required in order to advance to the general election. Because neither DuPree nor Luckett, Jr. won a clear majority, the two faced off in a primary runoff on August 23. Dupree won that contest, and with that win earned the Democratic seat on the ballot in November.

Primary runoff

Because DuPree fell short of the requisite 50% plus one needed to secure the party nomination, he and Clarksdale attorney Bill Luckett, Jr. faced off in a run-off primary election on August 23, 2011. With roughly 55% of the vote, DuPree defeated Luckett and became Mississippi's first black gubernatorial candidate in the state's history.[1]

Governor - Democratic primary runoff results (Unofficial)
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party ApprovedaJohnny DuPree 55%
     Democratic Party Bill Luckett, Jr. 45%
Total Votes 309,728


DuPree and his wife, Johniece, have two daughters and one grandchild.

See also

State Executive elections

MississippiWest Virginia

GubernatorialLt. Governor
Attorney GeneralSecretary of State
Down ballot offices: (KY, LA, MS)


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