March 11th, 2008
08:05 AM ET
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Mississippi takes center stage in tight Democratic race

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CNN’s Sean Callebs takes a look at voter issues and turnout in Mississippi

(CNN) - One of the most Republican states in the nation takes center stage Tuesday in the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Mississippi, which has not voted for a Democratic candidate in a presidential election in 32 years, holds a Democratic primary Tuesday.

With the campaigns of Sens. Hillary Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois battling for every delegate, the political spotlight is on a state not used to being the center of such attention.

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  1. NH

    Obama will only win this state because of the large percentage of blacks in the state, Black will vote for Obama not because he is the right choice but just because he is black. I am black but I coult care less about Obama. I am puzzled that someone who knows how to say so much about nothing has made it this far. It will be a sad sad sad day if Obama became president. If Clinton doesn't get the nomination, well John McCain will get my vote. Obama should accept the vice-president seat, yeah buddy you are inexperienced and Hillary needs to teach you a thing or two so stop being egotistical.

    March 11, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. Chris In California

    I surely hope voters in Mississippi think of our country when they vote today. I hope they vote for the most experienced candidate who will actually be able to bring about what is needed to get this country, as a whol, back on track after these 7+ years of misery. The Clinton years were very good years for us all. I hope to have such years again with another Clinton White House. This country and our people will be better for it. There is just no question about it, in my opinion.

    HILLARY CLINTON 2009!

    March 11, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. Jay MN

    Hillary can't win this general election.

    She always had the fact that she would turn out Republicans in droves against her just by being a Clinton. Whether that's fair or not is irrelevant...it is simply so.

    Now she's alienating half of her own party, particularly African American voters that were key in her husband becoming president. This time, it is entirely her doing.

    Obama can overcome the loss of Clinton Democrats with a flood of Independents in November and still win. Clinton has no failsafe of Independent support to offset the loss of Obama Democrats.

    If the Democrats pick her, they'll have thrown three elections that were theirs to lose away.

    March 11, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. aliou salam

    LET'S HEAR MORE FROM THE NEXT FIRST LADY AND THE NEXT PRESIDENT'S SISTER.

    THAT IS THE ONLY FAMILY HE HAS WE NEED TO GET TO KNOW THEM MORE. WE KNOW KNOW ALL WE CARE TO KNOW ABOUT THE CLINTONS. WE DON'T WANT TO HEAR ANY MORE ABOUT WHAT SHE CAND COOK UP. IT IS ALL MANIPULATION OR OUTRIGHT LIES.

    March 11, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. FraninLA

    African-Americans are voting for Obama because he is Black and he is a good candidate. It's that simple. Mississippi will go to McCain in the general election, so most democratics in Mississippi never get a real voice in the general election, but today they get to speak out loud and clear. Since I'm African-American I know it feels good to finally see a Black man who has a real shot at becoming President. But I voted for Hillary because I think she has more experience. Either one will make a great President. And I think all of this back and forth will end in Denver and we will see the two of them raising their hands in the air together as candidates for President and Vice President.

    March 11, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. YO

    Hillary didn't even step foot in MS.

    March 11, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. 4Real SC

    Why is everyone hating Obama. He is not forcing anyone to vote for him like Hillary. Let's get real the man is good, and he will make a very fine President. Hillary well with all the sink throwing and all the smearing that has come around, how can she hold her head up high and say she like black people? No way. She is as racist as PA governor. I hope Obama beat the brakes off her in Mississippi.

    March 11, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. From PA

    73.9% white voters, 12.4%African americans, 14.8% Hispanics, 10% Others

    Obama won mostly caucuses-Not true reperesentive of how the state would vote

    Obama won–places in which repulicans voted and places that have mostly voted for republicans in the past

    OK so he gets 90-100% of the 12.4% African american votes

    Say atleast 50-60% of others + Republican majority voters + Republican states + plus some Hillary supporters that won't vote for Obama = A republican victory in White House

    Obama did advertise in Florida and stated that Floridas votes should count before he knew who would win in florida

    In Michigan, Obama encouraged people to go and vote and VOTE UNCOMMITED!!

    OBAMA CAN TWIST WORDS AS A GOOD LAWYER!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 11, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  9. Michael

    If the trends continue, Obama will win 90% of the black vote, which will help him win Mississippi big, which has come to be expected in states with a large black constituency. The sad part in all of this is Obama should not be receiving 90% of the black vote. It would make sense, based on the actual Clinton record for helping minorities and championing issues that relate to this constituency – that the vote break 60 – 40, or at worst, 70 -30.

    This is why I believe Clinton would be the strongest choice for President at this time. Moderate and Conservative Democrats will not vote for Obama against McCain. No matter how Obama's surrogates spin this. I am an Independent who will vote for Clinton, or McCain only. Can not vote for blind ambition, only experience. People learn from their experiences, not blind hope, and empty rhetoric.

    March 11, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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