Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, a major stumbling block to Dennis capturing the Republican gubernatorial nomination on Aug. 2, is from Rankin County. Bryant is expected to parlay support from Rankin – the county that by a wide margin traditionally turns out the most Republican voters – into a new home in the Governor’s Mansion.
Yet more than 200 Rankin Countians attended the recent hamburger cookout for Dennis at the Richland Community Center. Three of the sponsors for the event were outgoing Republican Agriculture and Commerce Commissioner Lester Spell, who declined an interview, but made it clear he was a Dennis supporter, Rankin County Tax Assessor John Sullivan, who is unopposed for re-election, and Richland Mayor Mark Scarborough.