Miss. politicians unfurl speeches for July 4

By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Politics takes no holiday in Mississippi, and candidates will spend the Fourth of July weekend speaking at festivals and seeking support for the party primaries that are just a month away.

Organizers say at least six gubernatorial hopefuls will trek to the far northeastern corner of the state to appear Monday at the Jacinto Fourth of July Festival, which now bills itself as one of the largest political speaking events of the campaign season. They are Democrats Johnny DuPree and Bill Luckett, Republicans Dave Dennis, Hudson Holliday and Ron Williams and independent William Oatis.

Republican Phil Bryant, the top fundraiser in the governor’s race, will skip Jacinto this year and speak instead in the central Mississippi hamlet of Lena.

Party primaries are Aug. 2.