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. Leigh Anne

    Excuse me Hope, your ignorance is showing.

    March 11, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  2. Chris In California

    Barack Obama wins red states. The Democrats will not win red states in the general election. Hillary Clinton has won the big blue states that are going to be the most important to win in the general election. I almost wonder if Republicans became independents to vote for Obama in the red states to throw the presidential race because they think they can win the White House with the Republican running against Obama rather than Clinton. I think a vote for Obama is a vote for another 4 ro 8 years of what we have now with Bush because the red states Obama is winning vote Republican in the general election and Obama has shown that he cannot carry the big blue or purple states with the highest delegates. This will be a crucial factor in which party ends up in the White House for the next 4 to 8 years. I think a vote for Obama is a vote for the Republicans because I believe that they will win the White House if Obama is the Democratic candidate.


    March 11, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  3. Gubby

    No wonder Obama wins Mississippi. But HILLARY wins November election in a BIG way. Now that Obama diclined to join her as VP. it is good for real AMERICANS and for HILLARY to get EDWARD on the dream ticket.

    March 11, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  4. Midge from Ohio

    Mississippi for Obama? Go figure. They have never had a female Governor, or a female in their Congress. Gee, they didn't vote to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment (giving women the RIGHT TO VOTE) until 1984. They are IGNORANT PEOPLE who do not do their research. Of course Obama will win there.

    March 11, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  5. Rick

    We can make a difference is the cry of the young voters, so let them do it and get Hillzila and Billzila away from the Whitehouse and maybe Washington can be changed to a We place instead of a Clinton ME ME place.

    March 11, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  6. Toby

    It is so stupid to say black people don't vote based on qualifications. I am black and the last 4 presidents I have voted for where white men. It that the only qualification that is important?

    March 11, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  7. Brandon

    Why is it not a story that Obama consistently holds his leads while Clinton's leads are constantly in Jeopardy?

    And to the Clinton supporters belittling the importance of the African American vote, you need to re-examine the political history of the past 60 years. The African American vote has been the Dems' most loyal and consistent constituancy. How do Hillary supporters expect to win the general election without their vote? Wont happen.

    Obama will win tonight by a larger margin than any of Clinton's victories thus far and he will expand his popular vote lead once again.

    March 11, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  8. Chris

    Another Win that will not matter in General Election. 35 years voting Republican. Good Win for Obama...NOT!!

    March 11, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  9. carlos

    helloo, the blacks will vote for the black guy...why are we even paying attention to MS??? then, in novembre the state will vote RED...just like WY, Alaska, and most of the caucus states he has "won"

    i can't wait 'til the rezko trial swallows him whole...he!

    March 11, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  10. Jackie(NJ)

    I heard a rumor that if Obama lose, which I am sure he will not, all his supporters will join with him and Bloomberg to head the Independent Party and take the elections in 2012>>.Go Obama

    March 11, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  11. Channell think Obama is full of himself?? have you listened to Hillary speak lately? All politcians are arrogant..get over it.

    March 11, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  12. G.

    Thanks for the info. I wondered why Rush would try to send his supporters in texas to vote for Hillary. I didn't know Bill was on his show. How low can these people be. Why haven't we heard this on the news channels. The media uses stories they want to. They should report all the news to keep peolpe informed. I feel like I'm living in a 3rd world nation.

    March 11, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  13. Letha, Sioux Falls, SD

    I knew I would find the hate Hillary mongers over here. Obama has noreal experience and just a race arrogance going for him. He has no real record in the senate or in Illinois but he sure has some suspicious activity. Go read the facts stupid people who want to vote for him. At least enough has been said and probed on Hillary to know where her heart is.

    March 11, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  14. Chris

    SDunn – Missiouri was a tie. Both came out with same number of Delegates. Thats with all the Help Obama had in that State. So...again, Obama cant win the States we need to take in the Election.

    March 11, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  15. BV

    So Ohio Democrat, will Hillary be taking Pennsylvania because Pennsylvania is filled with poor uneducated racist white trash like in Ohio? If you come right out and say it, people are offended, much like your 'Obama only wins because of African American voters' comments. But hey, I am white too, and I'm from a real state (Minnesota) so I can put you in your place. How's your economy over there? Doing well? Ok then!

    March 11, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  16. Dave S.

    Did anyone else see Cambell Brown's interview with Sen. Claire McCaskill last night on CNN? She was so appalingly rude, hostile, and biased it was disgusting and an affront to intelligent viewers everywhere. What exactly are her qualifications again?

    Jeez, I remember when CNN had *proffessionals* rather than Faux News-worthy empty suits and dresses...

    March 11, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  17. Deb

    I'm praying for Devine Intervention......

    Please God don't let the Evil continue.....Let the American people see the true Obama before it is toooooooooooo late!

    Hillary 08

    March 11, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  18. Tim

    Mississippi will be another win for Obama! Obama is so far ahead right now, that even if he lost majority of the remaining delagates he would still beat Hillary!

    It's over Hillary! It's been over! You are only staying in the race to hurt Obama for beating you! Hillary is a disgrace to the Democrat Party and to America! It's her way, or no way. Well, no more Hillary! No more Clintons!

    March 11, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  19. Ada

    I am glad he came out to fight hard. As for Michelle Obama, you better push him to come out and fight, or we will have to come drag him out for you.

    March 11, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  20. Channell

    missnastyb....if Obama wanted to be vice president he would have sat back and waited for someone to ask him to be their vice president. You don't run for vice president you run for president...he is winning why should he consider being vice president. some of you need to listen to yourselves...ignorant!

    March 11, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  21. dewrit

    (hope) who ever you are need to get educated about the facts....blacks only take up 16% of the population in america....a smart person would know that that is not enought to win an election....dumby

    obama 08

    March 11, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  22. Keith, DC

    Can you guys please spell Mississippi correctly? It's wrong in your headline right now. Thank you.

    March 11, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  23. Danny Tampa, FL

    To "missnastyb" the reason he says that is because A) He has more states, delegates, and votes, therefore he is in the lead. And B) if he told people he was interested in VP he would be falling for Hillary's dirty trick. I thought his response was great, watch the whole video and not just the clips they show on TV.

    March 11, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  24. Chris in NC

    Since when is 1/3 African American a majority? Hillary has been fighting for American families for 35 years, Mississippi won't forget that, she will win or it will be close. Believe that.
    About Obama as VP I hope she does not choose him when she gets the nomination, before she is elected to the White House.
    I think Biden would make a good choice, or maybe go out in left field and say Carol Mosely Braun.

    March 11, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  25. Jen

    Go Hillary 08


    March 11, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
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