The only public polling data released on the GOP race have been from automated surveys from Democratic firm Public Policy Polling, the most recent of which, released in April, showed Bryant up by about 50 points over Dennis. The Democratic Race: Four candidates are facing off for the Democratic nomination: Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree, attorney and businessman Bill Luckett, former Yolobusha Co. tax assessor Guy Shaw, and William Compton, who ran in 2007 as well. The heavy favorites to win the nomination are DuPree and Luckett. There haven't been public polls for the Democratic contest, but the two hold significant fundraising leads over the other candidates. In fundraising reports filed in late July, Luckett had spent about $843,000 on the campaign and had about $261,000 cash on hand. DuPree had spent about $430,000, leaving him with about $90,000 on hand. Compton announced raising and spending just $300, and Shaw reported raising nothing about spending under $10,000 on the race. As an attorney, Luckett has strong ties to the business community and is backed by his business partner and friend, actor Morgan Freeman. DuPree is Hattiesburg's first African-American mayor and could energize the state's considerable African-American population. The Jackson Clarion-Ledger endorsed DuPree in the primary, and he has also garnered endorsements from Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and a number of other Mississippi mayors, among others. Luckett has also received endorsements, including from mayors and state senators. (The Biloxi Sun Herald has more information on the candidates.) The general election will take place November 8.
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