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Democratic nominee spot opens for Brandon Presley with disqualification of challengers

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The Mississippi Democratic Party has disqualified gubernatorial candidates Gregory Wash and Bob Hickingbottom.

According to the party’s executive committee, the two candidates failed to file statements of economic interest to the Mississippi Ethics Commission, which is required under state law.

Bob Hickingbottom ran for governor in 2019 as a member of the Constitution Party and received a mere 0.3 percent of the vote. He proposed Medicaid expansion, allowing incarcerated nurses and doctors to practice for minimum wage until their sentence ends, and providing raises to all first responders and teachers.

Gregory Wash, known for his “Rock ‘n’ Roll Governor” commercial, is a disabled veteran. He ran for governor on the Democratic ticket in 2019 and received 1.1 percent of the vote. Wash proposed ideas of providing all Mississippians with a $5,000 stimulus package, raising the minimum wage, making marijuana a misdemeanor, and implementing a public school and transportation system in every county.

The disqualifications, if not overruled via appeal, will officially make Brandon Presley the Democratic nominee for governor.

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