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Mississippi Democrats Concede, 'It's a Rebuilding Year.'

I'm going to make a bold prediction that in this year's elections in Mississippi, Republicans will sweep the offices of lieutenant governor, secretary of state, and state auditor.

I'm more confident than usual in that prediction, because the Democrats couldn't find anyone to run for those offices.

Republicans are running for all eight statewide offices in Mississippi this year, but Democrats are running for only five.

Both major parties are fielding candidates for governor, attorney general, treasurer, agriculture commissioner and insurance commissioner. . . .

Mississippi Democratic Party chairman Jamie Franks said Tuesday he's disappointed the party doesn't have a full slate of candidates.

"This is going to be a year of rebuilding," Franks said in an interview.

The four Democrats who qualified to run for governor are William Bond Compton of Meridian, who ran a low-budget campaign for governor in 2007; Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree; attorney and businessman Bill Luckett of Clarksdale; and Guy Dale Shaw of Coffeeville, a former Yalobusha County tax assessor.

The Republican candidates for governor are former state employee James Broadwater of Byram; Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant of Flowood; businessman Dave Dennis of Pass Christian; Pearl River County Supervisor Hudson Holliday of Poplarville; and businessman Ron Williams of Moss Point.

Incumbent Republican governor Haley Barbour can't seek a third term.

Jim Geraghty

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Mississippi Democrats Concede, 'It's a Rebuilding Year.'

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