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Phil Bryant wins Mississippi gubernatorial election

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Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant cruised to victory in Mississippi’s gubernatorial election, defeating Democratic Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree. AP called the race with about half of precincts in and Bryant leading DuPree 59 percent to 41 percent. Rogelio V. Solis AP While waiting for an open polling booth, Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, left, speaks with Peggy Young, the precinct manager Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011 in a Brandon, Miss., polling station.

Bryant will replace Gov. Haley Barbour (R), who is stepping down after two terms.

Bryant dramatically outraised DuPree, $4.3 million to $1.2 million.

DuPree made history as the first black major party candidate for governor since Reconstruction. But he could not overcome the sharp Republican shift in the South over the past decade, along with dissatisfaction with President Obama.

Republicans also took over state House for the first time since Reconstruction. Democrats previously held a 68 to 54 majority in the lower chamber. That victory means Republicans will completely control the redistricting process in the state.

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