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Gunn says Miss. GOP needs to heal rift caused by Senate primary; Bryant talks border security


PHILADELPHIA, Mississippi — House Speaker Philip Gunn says Mississippi Republicans need to heal the divisions created by a hard-fought U.S. Senate primary.

Gunn told thousands of spectators at the Neshoba County Fair on Thursday that being in a political party is like being in a marriage — people need to settle differences peacefully.

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant did not mention the Senate primary during his speech. Instead, he said he wants to focus on job creation and education. Bryant repeated his opposition to abortion and said he offered to send Mississippi National Guard troops to help secure the U.S. border with Mexico. He said Texas Gov. Rick Perry declined the offer.

A few audience members held signs to protest state Sen. Chris McDaniel's loss to U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in the Republican primary.

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