Mississippi Trucker Wins Primary for Governor

Mississippi Trucker Wins Primary for Governor

Patrick Canter, Staff Writer

Mississippi democrats made an somewhat odd choice of candidates for governor in their August 4th primary elections. They selected Robert Gray, a long-haul trucker from Jackson, MS. Few people knew of Mr. Gray’s candidacy. In fact, only three people knew he was in the running, two of which were the volunteers who took his $300 filing fee. Not even Mr. Gray’s mother knew he was in running, although she did vote for him when she saw his name on the ballot. Mr. Gray was too busy working on his truck to vote himself. Despite all this, Mr. Gray beat out two other candidates, taking 79 out of Mississippi’s 82 counties.

So how did Mr. Gray win? And with such a large percentage of the state backing him? It may be due in part to the Democratic party’s lack of control in Southern U.S. States. Many voters in Mississippi are not registered to a certain party, so while the Democratic primary’s attract many democrats, a large portion of voters are Republicans. This combined with the fact that Mr. Gray’s name was the first on the ballot could be one of the reasons Mr. Gray was able to gain so many votes. Another unfortunate possibility could be due to Mississippi voters biases. Mr. Gray was running against two women in a state where women has historically have received a low percentage votes.

Mr. Gray himself is admittedly a shy person. He doesn’t like the idea of campaigning, and is hesitant to approach strangers because, he says, he doesn’t want to interrupt them. Mr. Gray is getting help from from some who want to coach him on how to use his victory to benefit all. Mr. Gray still has two months to adjust to his new life as the democratic party’s candidate for governor. Who knows, maybe with a bit of luck we will be calling him Governor Gray soon.