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Phillips was a circuit court judge and a Democrat. But in 1963, he ran for Governor of Mississippi as a Republican. Phillips was the first Republican candidate for Governor in over eighty years. Phillips ran on the slogan of "K.O. the Kennedys". Phillips lost to Paul B. Johnson, Jr. by over 86,000 votes while winning 38% of the vote. Phillips ran again in 1967, losing to John Bell Williams by almost 182,000 votes while winning 29.7% of the vote.
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