Democrats Nominate Mississippi's First African-American Gubernatorial Candidate in Modern History

August 24, 2011
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In news from Mississippi, Johnny Dupree has become the first African American in modern history to win a major-party nomination for Mississippi state governor. Dupree, the mayor of Hattiesburg, won the Democratic gubernatorial runoff primary on Tuesday. Mississippi has not elected any African-American candidates to statewide office since the Reconstruction period. Dupree will face off against Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant in November.