With 53 percent of the vote counted, Bryant, now lieutenant governor, had 60 percent of the vote to 40 percent for Dupree, WLOX-TV reported. Bryant seemed almost certain to replace Republican Gov. Haley Barbour.
Dupree, a Democrat, was the first black candidate nominated for a statewide office in Mississippi by a major party since Reconstruction. But he was an underdog throughout the race in a state where the Republican Party now dominates among white voters.