Governors

Mississippi Republican Phil Bryant wins second term as governor

Nov. 3, 2015: Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, right, and wife Deborah acknowledge friends and supporters during an election day party in Jackson, Miss.

Nov. 3, 2015: Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, right, and wife Deborah acknowledge friends and supporters during an election day party in Jackson, Miss.  (AP)

Republican Phil Bryant has won a second term as Mississippi governor, easily defeating two candidates who ran low-budget campaigns.

Democrat Robert Gray is a long-haul truck driver who spent just over $3,000 to run for Mississippi's top job.

The Reform Party's Shawn O'Hara, who has unsuccessfully sought several statewide offices over the past 20 years, spent about $300 to challenge Bryant.

The 60-year-old governor spent about $2.7 million. He campaigned by saying he has focused on creating jobs and making specific changes to education policy, such as creating charter schools and emphasizing reading skills in early grades.