Conventional wisdom and a firming majority of polls and political pundits say Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant will sweep the field for the GOP gubernatorial nomination in Tuesday’s primary, then take the general election in November.
But conventional wisdom, polls and pundits don’t decide elections. And the GOP race for governor this year has three other strong candidates, two of whom have run surprisingly brisk campaigns with their own money and clear messages and could force a runoff Aug. 23.
Bryant has taken a traditional path towards Mississippi’s governorship — serving in the Legislature, then 11 years as state auditor then a term as lieutenant governor. His gubernatorial candidacy has been a given for at least four years.