(CNN) - Gov. Phil Bryant of Mississippi endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Thursday, just days ahead of the state’s primary next week.
"As governor of the state of Mississippi, it is my honor and privilege to endorse my friend, Gov. Mitt Romney as president of the United States," Bryant said.
(CNN) - The Republican presidential candidates turned their focus to the heart of Dixie Thursday, scheduling a series of events in the strongly conservative states of Mississippi and Alabama.
The two states are holding their presidential primaries next Tuesday, along with caucuses to be held in Hawaii and American Samoa. Voters in Kansas and the Virgin Islands weigh in on Saturday.FULL STORY
(CNN) - The pro-Santorum super PAC Red, White and Blue Fund is buying between $500,000 and $600,000 worth of ads in Alabama and Mississippi.
The ad buy begins Thursday afternoon and will feature a commercial criticizing Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich on health care reform.
Atlanta (CNN) - With the recognition that Super Tuesday did not deliver a knock-out punch for Mitt Romney and that the Republican primary contest is expected to continue for the foreseeable future, the super PAC supporting Romney's bid has bought almost $1.4 million worth of ads in states that don't vote until the end of March.
The group told CNN it has purchased $937,000 worth of air time in Illinois, which votes on March 20 and $451,000 for commercials in Louisiana, which holds its primary on March 24.
(CNN) – Newt Gingrich will challenge his rivals for the GOP presidential nomination to a debate next week, the former House speaker said Monday.
Gingrich said he expects to extend the invitation Tuesday for a forum in Mississippi or Alabama, where voters head to the polls on March 13.
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Bowling Green, Ohio (CNN) - Newt Gingrich is bracing for a nomination fight beyond Super Tuesday, beginning with television advertising to promote his $2.50-per-gallon gasoline plan.
The ad was posted on the campaign's website on Friday and, according to Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond, will begin airing next week in Alabama and Mississippi, states that hold primary contests on March 13.
(CNN) - Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who flirted with a presidential bid last year, defended his decision on Friday to pardon 200 criminals, four of whom were charged with murder.
"We believe people who ask for forgiveness of sin and redeem themselves should get a second chance, and 20 years in the penitentiary is time enough to come to grips with getting your redemption and forgiveness," the outgoing Republican governor said on Fox News.
(CNN) - In his last days in office, outgoing Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour pardoned four men convicted of murder, a state official said Monday.
David Gatlin, Joseph Ozment, Charles Hooker and Anthony McCray received full pardons and were released at 1 p.m. Sunday, said Suzanne Singletary, spokeswoman for the Mississippi Department of Corrections. All four were serving life sentences and worked as trusties at the governor's mansion, she said.
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(CNN) - In the weeks leading up to Mississippi's vote on whether to declare a fertilized egg a person and grant it full rights, nearly everyone was saying the measure was sure to pass.
It was considered the perfect place to mount what could have been a historic challenge to abortion laws: After all, Mississippi is the most anti-abortion, religious and conservative state, according to a Gallup Poll. It was supposed to give a boost to the nationwide movement of the Colorado-based nonprofit Christian group Personhood USA, which is attempting to get the measure on the ballot in several other states.FULL STORY