Opponents jab Bryant in Miss. governor’s debate

JACKSON — Democratic and Republican opponents in the Mississippi governor’s race took verbal jabs Thursday night at the man who has raised the most money in the contest: Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant.

Two Democrats and five Republicans participated in a two-hour televised forum Thursday night at the Mississippi College School of Law.

Republican Dave Dennis, a construction contractor from Pass Christian, criticized Bryant’s attempt to lure the Miss America pageant to Mississippi — a move Dennis said would be a financial benefit to one of Bryant’s top campaign contributors.