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The Mississippi state primaries were on Tuesday, and sitting Republican Gov. Phil Bryant easily won his party's nomination again. But on the Democratic side, party favorite Vicki Slater lost by more than 50,000 votes to a mysterious candidate by the name of Robert Gray.

So what do we know about Robert Gray?

  • Multiple articles describe him as a 46-year-old truck driver from Jackson, Miss.
  • In an election preview by The Clarion-Ledger, he said his platform includes expanding medicaid, starting a state lottery and selling more tax-forfeited homes to be demolished.
  • He raised no money, according to public disclosure forms.
  • We could find no photos of him in any media coverage of the race.
  • He also appears to not have a campaign website or any social media presence.
  • In an interview with Mississippi Public Broadcasting, he says he did very little campaigning compared to his opponents and seems to be convinced he won the election due to voters choosing him at random.
  • In another interview with the Associated Press, he says that he was busy on Tuesday and didn't get a chance to vote.

While it's generally a good thing when more people get involved in politics, even Gray seems to be having difficulty figuring out just how he was nominated to run for his state's highest office.

We could be seeing the birth of the next political star, a modern day Mr.Smith. But he has his work cut out for him to overcome Gov. Bryant's 72 percent approval rate.


For the Democrats of Mississippi, here's hoping for some more "random" voting.