By Jeff Amy/The Associated Press
JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant spent more than $6.3 million to win office, more than five times as much Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree, his Democratic opponent.
Reports filed this week show Bryant raised $4.6 million in 2011, and spent $6.3 million, thanks to starting the year with a healthy balance. Bryant had $324,000 left over at year’s end, possible seed corn for a re-election bid.
Bryant’s total outstripped the $1.2 million DuPree raised and spent in 2011. DuPree was the first black person to win the Democratic nomination for governor, but drew only 39 percent of the vote, compared to Bryant’s 61 percent.
Haley Barbour spent $13 million to win re-election in 2007, and $11.3 million in 2003 to knock off incumbent Democratic Gov. Ronnie Musgrove.