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Candidates start politicking at Neshoba County Fair

Most candidates at the Neshoba County Fair went out of their way Wednesday to promote their conservative credentials to an audience that was mostly white and, judging by the applause, mostly in support of gun rights and opposed to abortion, same-sex marriage and Common Core academic standards. The annual round of speaking at the campground fair known as "Mississippi's Giant Houseparty" comes days before Tuesday's primaries, when voters will narrow the field of candidates for statewide, regional, legislative and county offices. Tim Johnson, a former Republican state senator who switched to the Democratic Party to run for lieutenant governor, opened his speech by citing...

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