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


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. Mike in Houston

    Obama will blow Hillary out of the water in Mississippi. Then she will say that the state didn't really count because it is too small and too African American.


    March 11, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  2. MikeinOhio

    I hope the dems in Mississippi don't fall for the Clinton ploy of her as president and Obama as her VP because she is lying once again. She is too vindictive to have him as VP plus Billy boy will be the unofficial VP and Obama would look like a POS–punishment for defying the "monster."

    March 11, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |





    THIS IS SCARY!!!!!!!

    March 11, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  4. Roger, AR

    No more drama, Obama. You are expected to win Mississippi so don't get all big headed and arrogant like you did yesterday if you win.

    March 11, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  5. gary

    No doubt Obama will take Mississippi. Majority of people are African American. They dont vote for qualifications. They cant get past the color.This has been a bias race from the begining.America will soon be sorry if they elect. Obama for president . I thought this country was smarter than electing a leader not having any experience ,or know how about the way our country is ran. concerned Vet. Go Hillary

    March 11, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  6. Gail

    Obama will rock Mississippi. Hillary should indorse her husband Bill for vice president., he hasn't been that yet. And she shouldn't count on the super delegate NY governor for he has his own problems.

    March 11, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  7. anon

    Obama has a lousy senate attendance record, and when he does bother to show up, he has a very partisan voting record, and I don't believe he's ever authored a bill that became law.

    he's all talk.

    March 11, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  8. Kelley

    Go Obama

    March 11, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  9. Alex Mackin


    March 11, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  10. Felton.."from around the way"

    Obama will win yet again know Hillary will have to get 70% of the vote in Pa to tie him....have Pa..go on take it!..NOT !!

    March 11, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  11. Kevin

    Obama will not win as big as everybody predicts. There are a lot of Hillary supporters in North MS. And the republicans will vote for Hillary because McCain has already won the nomination, i think its going to be close.

    March 11, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  12. Benjamin

    I'm sure Obama will brag about this huge state win, when it hasn't voted Democratic in 32 years, along with all his other "huge" midwest wins in states that have not voted Democratic in generations. There are states you can count on being blue, states you can count on being red, and a few states that go either way. Obama has very little winnings in blue states, and none in the few states that go either way. Clinton has won every state required to win in the general election, but Obama ignores the importance of these states. Ohio will NOT go blue for Obama in the general, Florida will NOT go blue for Obama in the general, Texas will not go blue for Obama in the general, and it's over for the Dems...again.

    March 11, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  13. jujub

    Bigotry has no place in our country and for Hillary Cinton to result to such tactics to marginalize Barack Obama's race (South Carolina), religion (60 Minutes) and patriotism (it was the National Anthem, not the Pledge of Allegiance), is despicable. By the way Hannity is a scumbag.

    March 11, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  14. Kelley

    ARe you serious? Since when did Sean Hannity say anything of fact, just skates around the edges of truth.

    March 11, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  15. Liyah

    Hillary lied about her role in Ireland peace talks check out the UK based news paper the TELEGRAPH

    March 11, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  16. YO

    Why was Bill Clinton a stand in guest on the Rush Limbaugh show before the Texas Primary?

    March 11, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  17. SDunn

    First of all I'm so tired of hearing the Clintonistas talk about Hillary winning the large blue states. Wow what an accomplishment! The blue states that she's winning rarely vote Republican in a National Election. She didn't win Missouri which is a swing state, either. So you all have NO argument. The fact that she has not won any red states substantially except Tennessee and Oklahoma shows that she will not be able to pull more Indep or Repub voters to her side during a general election. In fact her nomination would energize the Republican base to vote against her in a general election. The problem with old Democratic politics is the notion that a red state can never change to blue. They think that it isn't possible ever in the history of america for a red state to turn blue in a general election and that's backwards thinking. That's what Obama is bringing to this election. Not only would he win the blue states in a general election but with his support of Republicans and Indepedents he can also turn out the vote in the red states for his favor. Think outside the box people. It's time for a new generation in politics.

    March 11, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  18. Suzie Wilhelm

    Cheryl... your little scare tactics are not going to work here!!

    OBAMA '08!!!

    March 11, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  19. Vince

    Funny how the media downplays all these medium and small states like they don't even matter.

    A big win by Obama will entirely wipe out Clinton's small gains from last week. She'll be in worse shape than ever with virtually no chance of catching Obama in Votes, Delegates and States won.

    She should bow out gracefully, maybe then Obama could at least consider her for his VP.

    March 11, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  20. Irene, SC

    What people need to realize is that EVERY vote counts. Whether it is a big state or litte state, blue collar or white collar, black or white, rich or poor, christian or non-christian – That is why Obama is in the lead, more people prefer him over Hillary, some people just don't want to face reality. America is heading for change! Go Obama!

    March 11, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  21. HHH

    To Gary (who posted at 9:02 am)

    Take a look at what your so call "EXPERIENCE" has done for the American people.

    Pick up a newspaper, turn on a television set, or even take a look at your own BANK STATEMENT and retirement plan.

    Yeah, thanks for the vote. We know you secretly support Obama. You just don't want your "Friends" to know. Get a life

    Obama 08"

    March 11, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  22. JarryHames

    I hope that the Dems show up in large numbers and vote for Obama! This is really your chance to shine.

    OBAMA '08!

    March 11, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  23. Tommi

    Hillary should just rest today, while Mississippi scurries to vote for the Opera called Hope and Change filling the air with drama extroindenaire.

    March 11, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  24. donnajp

    Even if Obama wins Mississippi, this state has not voted Democrat in over 30 years. So a win here may give him delegates but not a win in November.

    March 11, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  25. Cammi317

    "No doubt Obama will take Mississippi. Majority of people are African American. They dont vote for qualifications. They cant get past the color."

    Obama would not be in the lead if it were only African Americans voting for him. African Americans only make up about 13% of the total population of this country. Obama has united the country across racial and religious divides. I don't think it's the African Americans who can't get past race, I think it's you...

    March 11, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
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