Texas Gov. Rick Perry, pictured last month in Orlando, Fla., has said the Texas National Guard must follow state law despite a Department of Defense policy directive on same-sex marriage benefits. Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP hide caption

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Gov. Phil Bryant, at the Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Summit in Jackson, Miss., in 2012, supports a controversial effort to identify men who impregnate teen girls. Rogelio V. Solis/AP hide caption

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The heath exchange Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney had in mind got turned down by the federal government. Rogelio V. Solis/AP hide caption

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A levee protects a home surrounded by floodwater from the Yazoo River near Vicksburg, Miss., May 18, 2011. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour walks through the Iowa Statehouse before speaking to the Iowa Federation of Republican Woman March 15, in Des Moines, Iowa. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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