Mystery Democratic Governor Nominee Surfaces

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The 46-year-old truck driver who won the Democratic nomination for Mississippi governor says he spent nothing on his campaign and knows nobody in politics. He didn’t even vote in the primary.

Robert Gray can’t explain how he defeated the trial lawyer who was the favored candidate of the party establishment in Tuesday’s primary.

Gray visited the state Capitol on Wednesday for what he said was the first time – and it was at the request of reporters trying to answer the biggest question in this Republican-dominated state: Who the heck is this guy?

Democratic Party chairman Rickey Cole says the nominee brings “an authenticity that’s totally unscripted.”

Marty Wiseman, a Democratic-leaning retired political scientist who has seen plenty of oddities in Mississippi politics, says: “Something ain’t right about all this.”

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