Conventional wisdom is that the Republican gubernatorial primary is a two-candidate race at best between Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, the heavy favorite, and Gulf Coast businessman Dave Dennis.
But two other candidates – using their own money – are attempting to pull a monumental upset. Pearl River County Supervisor Hudson Holliday, has put $515,000 of cash into his campaign. Holliday, who also owns several small businesses in south Mississippi, lists cash on hand of $516,784, according to his June 10 campaign finance report.
Ron Williams, a Moss Point businessman, shows no cash on hand and no contributions. But the report also says he has spent $375,495.
“I’m about to spend myself into the poor house doing this,” said Williams, a small business owner.
Said Holliday, “I could leave the money to my kids and grandkids or try to make a better Mississippi for them. I am not a poor man, but I am not a rich man, either.”
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