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Confederate flag creates sticky situation during Mississippi elections

1 year 3 months 4 days ago October 17, 2015 Oct 17, 2015 Saturday, October 17 2015 October 17, 2015 10:10 AM in News
By: Associated Press

McCOMB, Miss. - South Carolina removed a Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse grounds weeks after the June massacre of nine worshippers at a historic black church.

While the attack prompted debate about the public display of Old South symbols, Mississippi is still flying a state flag with the rebel emblem.

This is a Mississippi election year, and the flag is a sticky subject.

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant says if the flag design is reconsidered, it should be done by a statewide vote and not by legislators.

His Democratic challenger, truck driver Robert Gray, says the Confederate symbol is like a warning label to stay away from the state.

Mississippi voters chose to keep the flag in 2001. But, several cities and counties have stopped flying it since the slayings in Charleston.

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