America has chosen a path charted by Mississippi in 1991.
It was 25 years ago that insider Gov. Ray Mabus was seeking a second term. His only challenge came from outsider federal construction contractor Kirk Fordice.
Fordice had served on the election commission in Vicksburg, his home, but had never sought a city, countywide, state or federal elective office.
Mabus had served on the staff of Gov. William Winter and had been elected statewide twice, first as auditor and, in 1987, to become the youngest governor in the nation.
President-elect Donald Trump, like Fordice, had dabbled in politics, but never been on a ballot.