March 11th, 2008
08:05 AM ET
14 years ago

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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soundoff (234 Responses)
  1. Helen

    WHO CARES ABOUT 75% BLACKS... let him win!!!
    No matter WHAT!!!! Hillary tries her best!
    GO HILLARY GO !!!!

    March 11, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. Anonymous

    After today, Obama will have won 15 of the last 18 primary contests- 16 if you count Texas as a win for him, since he will win more delegates there once the caucuses are included. That sounds pretty lopsided to me. Let's hope that puts an end to any notion of HIllary's momentum. At this point, the only momentum she's got is momentum to quit this race.

    March 11, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  3. Debbie

    This is to Gary. America will be sorry if they elect Obama? Is this a threat? Why do you hate African Americans? You might as well get over it. We have overcome.

    March 11, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  4. Dave S.

    Oops... my apologies! Reporter was Kiran Chetry, not Campbell!

    March 11, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  5. reality check

    Obama's voters think that he will be an advocate for them, but the reality is that all the events slated for African-Americans he has been a no-show and Hillary has been the one to attend. He did nothing for the state of Mississippi prior to this election but Hillary did, especially as it concerned Katrina. He was absent in the senate on key votes and so what makes people think that things will be any different once he's President? Maybe they don't care, but half of the electorate does care and will make their voices heard until June.

    March 11, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  6. Jason

    John B. 35 percent of Mississippi is African American; and, Mississippi is a Republican state, so you do the math regarding democratic votes and who is voting.

    Isn't it obvious that since Mississippi allows Republicans to vote in the Democratic primaries (and McCain already has their nomination and they know he can't beat Hillary), that a lot of Republicans will cook the votes in favor of Obama?

    That says a lot about Obama doesn't it?

    March 11, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  7. Steve, NYC, NY

    Go Rezko Go Rezko. Obama is no savior, he makes BONEHEAD moves because of his GREED. What kind of judgment is that?

    March 11, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  8. Debbie

    This is to Deb.
    You equate the word "evil" with Obama given all the tricks,
    lies, backstabbing, misrepresentation and slandering Hilliary has done? Wow, she really has you bamboozled.

    March 11, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  9. Joan

    CNN = Clinton News Network.

    It's all Clinton talking points, all the time.

    Tomorrow's headlines?

    "Clinton camp says Obama spilled coffee in 2005"

    "Clinton slams Obama on overdue library book"

    "Clinton teams new attack ad say Obama has terrible penmanship!"

    March 11, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  10. Clilntonite

    This one will be Obama's.

    COngrats Senator Obama!

    We look forward to a hard debate and battle in Pennsylvania..

    Clinton should still get delegates, but he will achieve more

    March 11, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  11. IDI

    barack you win foget what she sais because ,she lose

    March 11, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  12. Just the Facts

    Look at may name...Just the Facts. The HRC Campaign needs to sit down and look at the facts. After tonight Obama will be ahead by close to 150 delegates. Just the Facts man...Just the facts...

    March 11, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. john

    I am an ex-pat Englishman living here in Barbados in the shadow of the US. Truth is important. In fact the US was supporting the IRA terrorists for more 40 years with money and arms and Hillary did not enter negotiations to bring that terror campaign to a stop.

    March 11, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  14. Diane

    All Mississippi Clinton supporters ~ Get out and vote and get your friends and neighbors to vote for Clinton. With such a large black population we need every vote we can get. Can not let Barack Hussein Obama in the White House, he is just another politician and all this talk of change has to do with the color of his skin and nothing to do with wanting what is best for the country. He is extremely arrogant, and lets not forget with him comes his wife who is more conceited than he his. Vote for Clinton, Hillary for President!!!!

    March 11, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  15. Stephanie, PA

    In Mississippi and beyond, I think the Obama campaign has to stick to its roots and remain focused on the issues that matter to us. The hurt from Katrina still cuts deep down there! His campaing definitely has to respond (quicly and aggressively) to charges and mud-slinging, but not jump into the pit with the slingers. Voters are so very concerned with issues like the war, education, economy, unemployment, home foreclosers, etc., and he needs to drive home his plan for addressing each of those areas. Combine that with his message of hope for a better America and he can't lose.

    And for those who say he can't win in PA, keep in mind that PA is much bigger than the Ohio border. I'm in the Southeastern part of the state – Philly area – and trust me, he's the front runner in this ENTIRE region. And, this area is where the $$ is in PA, so he's getting a lot of support finanically and from influential people. Despite that fact that Ed Rendell is supporting Clinton, Obama has the bulk of support. Rendell, while he is liked, is still considered "old politics".

    March 11, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  16. CANADA

    America ! wake up..................

    Your news media did not show you the questions asked when President Clinton and Senator Clinton made coments about Obama being Vice President.

    If the Clinton's said he could not be a good V. P. it will be the talk of the town, but no one is asking what was the QUESTION trown at them.

    Wake up America !

    82% of Blacks vote for Obama............... unmh........Wake up people !

    March 11, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  17. fred

    Hey John B. 70% of the democrats in Mississippi are black...figure it out!!!

    March 11, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  18. Praying for Change

    Bill Clinton, your invited to come to the Potter House and pray. You know that there's room for sinners.

    Hillary, you are truly Gods child repentence is yours.

    America Yes We Can

    Obama, a humble man will lead a great country this is one country for all America to participate not just the Clinton's.

    People, we should vote for Obama with one vote...

    I have serve in our U. S. Navy for over 20 years and I endorses Obama

    March 11, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  19. Clinton supporter

    Go Hillary!!!

    March 11, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  20. Clilntonite

    Honestly, all the people of CNN: Donna Brazile, Roland Martins, Jamaal Simmons, etc..They have all stabbed "CLINTONS" in the back..

    When Bill was in office, he had appointed more minorities to his staff. Now Obama is running and they all forgot who fed them..What do you think "obama" is going to do? These people aren't loyal..They stab everyone in the back..

    Clinton helped so many minorities: Henry Cisneros, Frank Pena (OBama Supporter), and many other minorites.

    Now people have turned their back to us..

    March 11, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  21. jp/michigan

    I hope the people Mississippi vote , for the person best qualified for the job., regardless of color or gender. How often have you seen Obama down in Mississippi before this election.? How often has he done anything to help you recovery from Katrina.? Then think about the Clinton's what have they done for you.

    March 11, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  22. liz

    Hillary all the Way

    2008, 2012

    March 11, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  23. Cesar

    Het Gary, you want four more years of the same?, bush, clinton, clinton, bush, bush and now clinton again?, no way Jose. I am voting for a change and that is Obma. Way to go Obama!

    March 11, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  24. BG - Texas

    Is Obama taking the Black Vote for granted? It appears that most of tv ads, audiances (especially the ones behind him) are white, all his spokespersons and high campaign managers are white. Does he have any Blacks or other minorities in high positions in his campaign? You just don't see or hear about Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, or Oprah or any other high profile Black anymore.

    March 11, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  25. t

    It is a shame that the woman is stronger than the man! Obama is a wimp! Hillary can take a punch thats why she would be the best commander in chief! Just the facts!!!!

    March 11, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
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