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The Latest: Secretary of state hopefuls campaign at fair

July 31, 2019
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Former Democratic Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny Dupree, a candidate for his party's nomination for Secretary of State, addresses the crowd at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Miss., Wednesday, July 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
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Former Democratic Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny Dupree, a candidate for his party's nomination for Secretary of State, addresses the crowd at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Miss., Wednesday, July 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on Mississippi political speeches at the Neshoba County Fair (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

A Democrat running for Mississippi secretary of state is asking Republicans to support him in November.

Johnny DuPree is a former mayor of Hattiesburg. Speaking Wednesday at the Neshoba County Fair, he also says Mississippi should quit using electronic voting machines and return to paper ballots.

Two Republicans running for secretary of state are state Sen. Michael Watson of Hurley and Public Service Commissioner Sam Britton of Laurel.

Britton says he stood up for ratepayers by stopping an expensive project by Mississippi Power Co. He also says he was an early supporter of President Donald Trump.

Watson says Britton has donated to Democrats in the past, including former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove.

Watson and Britton compete in a primary Tuesday. DuPree faces political newcomer Maryra Hodges Hunt of Lexington.

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3:36 p.m.

Two attorneys running for Mississippi lieutenant governor are agreeing on some policy issues but trading insults during speeches at one of the state’s biggest political events.

Democratic state Rep. Jay Hughes of Oxford and Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann of Jackson both said Wednesday at the Neshoba County Fair that Mississippi needs to strengthen public education.

Hughes says his own blue-collar upbringing better prepares him to be lieutenant governor. Hughes says Hosemann “was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and I was born with a plastic spoon in mine.” That drew loud booing from Hosemann supporters.

Hosemann was booed by Hughes supporters when he called Hughes a “liberal.” Hosemann said he doesn’t understand how someone can serve four years in the Legislature “and have so little influence.”

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