STARKVILLE — There was no real secret of the fact that Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant would be facing a strong challenge from a Gulf Coast candidate in the 2011 Republican Mississippi gubernatorial primary – but as it turns out, Pass Christian businessman Dave Dennis isn’t the only Gulf Coast challenger making some noise in the race.
To be certain, Bryant, Dennis and Democratic contenders Bill Luckett of Clarksdale and Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny Dupree are considered the top four contenders to make the November general election as the nominees of the two major parties.
But Bryant and Dennis also face a GOP primary challenge from Byram businessman and Baptist minister James Broadwater, Pearl River County Supervisor and retired Miss. National Guard Gen. Hudson Holliday of Poplarville and businessman Ron Williams of Moss Point. Dupree and Luckett face fellow Democrats Guy Dale Shaw – the colorful former Yalobusha County tax assessor from Coffeeville – and Meridian educator William B. Compton Jr. in the Democratic primary.