Who is Robert Gray? - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

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Who is Robert Gray?

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -

A surprise came on the Democratic side in the race for Mississippi Governor.

Robert Gray, a retired firefighter and truck driver, is the democratic nominee who admitted to the Associated Press that he didn't even vote in Tuesday's election.

"I was in Jackson and had to do a lot of stuff and just lost track of time, to tell you the truth," said Gray, who was in south Mississippi by election night.

With 99% of the vote counted, Gray pulled 51%, narrowly avoiding a runoff with Vicki Slater, who was backed by party leaders.

Gray said he made only a few campaign appearances and was at a loss to explain his strong showing. He said some might have voted for him because he has a common name.

"They didn't know me from anybody else," Gray said of Democratic primary voters.

He said his campaign was not backed by any big-name politician or group.

He will face incumbent Phil Bryant and Reform candidate Shawn O'Hara in the November general election.

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