October 30th, 2008
03:05 PM ET
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Red Mississippi could go for blue in Senate race

Former Democratic Gov. Ronnie Musgrove speaks to reporters in Philadelphia, Mississippi, in July.
Former Democratic Gov. Ronnie Musgrove speaks to reporters in Philadelphia, Mississippi, in July.

(CNN) – In a normal election, the possibility of traditionally red Mississippi voting blue is slim.

But with an unpopular president, a broken economy and an African-American at the top of the Democratic ticket, the prospect is high for Democrats to pick up in November.

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Mississippi has not sent a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in 26 years and has voted Republican in eight of the last nine presidential elections.

In 2000 and 2004, the state overwhelmingly supported George W. Bush by a nearly 60 percent margin.

Despite some polling showing Republican Sen. Roger Wicker with a comfortable lead over former Democratic Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, both campaigns agree the race is going to come down to every last vote.

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  1. White Mississippian for Obama

    Mississippi will end up casting its electoral college votes for McCain, however the point spread will, in the end, give Republicans pause. There is incredible excitement for Obama here in MS among all groups of people and a very noticeable lack of enthusiasm for McCain. Most Republicans I know who are voting for McCain are doing so mainly because of Palin but even then they are not pumped up. In fact, many of them seem worried about a defeat. Wicker would be losing his seat for certain if we Democrats had a better candidate to run against him than Musgrove. Unfortunately, we don't have a full enough stable of good people that are being groomed for future races. However, keep your eyes on Greenville mayor Heather McTeer Hudson: she could realistically be the first African-American governor in Mississippi's history in a few elections. Chew on that, Haley Barbour!!!

    October 30, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  2. I used to be a Democrat

    I live in Mississippi and all you people who bash our state are morons. You don't know anything about Mississippi.

    And speaking of not knowing anything about Mississippi, CNN this article is garbage. Ronnie Musgrove has no chance of winning here. He is despised by both Republicans and Democrats. His record as Governor is HORRIBLE. Record unemployment, scandals, you name it. He is one of the reasons rational people like myself have left the Democratic party.

    And I say that as someone who would NEVER vote for Roger Wicker. I'm going to sit this Senate election out.

    October 30, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  3. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Let's hope every African American of voting age in Mississippi stands up and goes to the polls. That state has been treating them like sharecroppers ever since the war ended.

    October 30, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  4. Sunshine

    I agree with Blue Southern...let's be nice and fair.....labeling all of one race from one state a deragatory name is not nice.....I am a 100% Obama supporter, but I am a true American first! Get past the prejudices and look towards our futures..............God Bless America and ALL of its people....AMEN!!!!

    October 30, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  5. NANCY FROM MONTANA

    MONTANA MAY GO OBAMA, THE RACE IS ALMOST NECK AND NECK

    BIG SKY COUNTRY TURNING BLUE!!!!!!!!!!1

    MONTANAN FOR OBAMA/BIDEN

    October 30, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  6. Cynthia - Arkansas

    Mississippi, probably the poorest state in the union. What have the Republicans done for you? You finally have an opportunity to turn the page. TAKE IT! President Obama will help ALL Americans, not just the rich. McCain has no plans to change anything. More tax breaks for the rich, oil companies, big corporation. DON'T BE FOOLED!

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 30, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  7. Christopher Coleman

    Why hasn't more investigation and exposure of the secessionist attitiude of the Alaskan Independent Party and the role that Tom Palin and the speeches of Sarah Palin before that group. There is an attitude there that they are more important than the lower 48 states and could go it alone based on oil and gas availability.

    October 30, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  8. david

    mccain can win the undecided by doing nothing, i see mccain as a unpresidential president, basically i am a strong believer that mccain will never win the presidency, he should try when he is 80 yrs

    October 30, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  9. John

    I'm not surprised...it's very simple math you see....
    "Me first"(Palin) + "Wealthy first"(McCain) = Country LAST!

    October 30, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  10. Texas Teacher

    Catholic Mom.... you are absolutely right!!!

    Obama is in no one's back pocket. He owes nothing to anyone besides the People of this country. We have supported him, and he WILL support us!!!

    Vote early.... VOTE OBAMA!

    October 30, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  11. No Amabo

    Musgrave, what a freak! Why is it you know when you are dealing with a liberal goon? Must you all look alike?

    October 30, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  12. Texas Teacher

    Charlie, you lump head, as my old daddy would have said! We are voting for Obama because he is a man of the people for the people! We don't care if he is black, white, red, yellow, or GREEN! We are voting for him because he is the man with the plan!

    Unlike McCain... McSame.... and his camp.... Obama is the man for the job! And America knows it even if you Republicans DO NOT!

    October 30, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  13. Lyndon,CA

    Luv ya Red Mississippi!

    October 30, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  14. annie - never again a dem.

    ACORN + OBAMA = VOTER FRAUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 30, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  15. reggie

    Come on CNN, Sen. Roger Wicker is up by over 10%. If you want to root for the dems so bad, pick a state with better odds.

    October 30, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  16. reggie

    NOBAMA!!!!

    October 30, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  17. INDEPENDANT VET

    PAY ATTENTION .

    ONLY NEGATIVE ADDS TOWARD THE MAVRICKS GET POSTED .

    THIS IS MEDIA AT IT'S FINEST HOUR .

    SO GLAD TO SEE THAT THE DNC AND HOLLYWOOD WILL ONE DAY HAVE TO ANSWER TO ALL THERE LIES AND TIES . GOD IS WATCHING .

    GOD BLESS AMERICA , SHE IS NOT FOR SALE.

    October 30, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  18. Nicole

    I'm from Mississippi and...I voted for Musgrove!!! I seriously hope he wins, but I know the chances of a Democrat winning a race in Mississippi. Still, this needs to be the year of change. Our state is too far behind in education, employment, health care, etc. Go Obama, Musgrove, and all those other lovely Democrats on the ballot!

    October 30, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  19. Deb

    And in Louisiana it has been reported that McCain and Obama are in a statistical tie. Louisiana has been shown to be leaning McCain or safe for McCain I think the south is turning blue!!!!!!!!!

    October 30, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  20. rachel

    Its interesting that the republican canidate for the senate is attacking Hillary cause she supports ronnie.

    October 30, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  21. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    If there is the slightest chance that Mississippi could go Blue, the GOP thugs would burn down the polling stations in the heavily Democratic areas to prevent it – make book on it!!!

    October 31, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
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