Bryant leads fundraising, cash on hand

JACKSON – Phil Bryant, the front-runner in this year’s gubernatorial election, is starting the year with a sizable money advantage over his opponents.

Bryant, the current lieutenant governor and a Republican, reported $2 million in cash on hand, based on campaign finance reports filed Monday with the secretary of state’s office.

During the past year, Bryant collected $1.8 million in campaign contributions to go along with the cash he carried into 2010.

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