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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  1. go away obama !!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    If your Voting today please research Obama if you plan on voting for him.. and Check out Hillarys Website for how she plans to change things.. Her plans are spelled out and she isnt just saying she is going to change things she lets you know exactly how she is going to do it... Obama will not put on a flap pin and explained why in an interview you can watch on Youtube.. He gets donations from islam and is Freinds with Terrorists.. His whife wrote and intresting Paper you should read... FIND OUT THE FACTS ABOUT OBAMA FIRST... I cant believe he is still in this... its about time the media start reporting the truth about him.. and by the way he also had his trucks circling the block while we were in line to see Hillary... I have also heard he wasnt even a senator when the vote on the war happened!!! Ha He made the right choice thats easy to say when you dont even vote!!! He was also absent for a major vote when he was senator.. ALL HE HAS IS A SPEECH>>>> GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!

    March 11, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  2. NIC

    I don't understand you guys, how many times does it need to be repeated. Hillary nor Barack can get 2025 pledged delegates needed to win the Democratic nomination, period! So, either, one drops out, or it's going to the DNC convention. Where Hillary has more super delegates. This is the REALITY of it. And, I don't believe, either will drop out, but by June, I may be wrong, the DNC may pressure Barack to step aside.
    You say, why Barack?! Well, if Hillary carries PA, and there WILL be a revote in MI and FL, which she will carry as well, it will be very hard for Barack to say he is the nominee of choice (regardless if he won more states, more popular votes and more pledge delegates).
    They say Large states matter, and that's true, Small states matter as well, but not as much. The reason Large states matter more is because that's where the majority of the population is. That makes enough sense right! Barack can win all the Small states he wants, but if Hillary wins every big state, he has a huge problem showing he is front runner or favorite.
    CA, NY, TX (and other states, and by no stretch of the imagination small: OH, NJ, MA, AZ, NM, NV, OK, AR, TN, NH and RI) and quite possibly PA, and then MI and FL.
    The question isn't how is Hillary going to pull this off, the question is how is Barack going to pull this off? Think about it, I’m sure all the Clinton Haters will disagree with me, no matter what, I'm sure they'll take their views to the grave with them. But this is not far fetched, it’s real, very real. Just have to look at it differently, change your perception. Things may start to appear more clearer. Especially after PA primary, if Hillary wins PA and MI and FL get to revote (both favoring Hillary, all three are considered Large states), then I think it will appear even more clearer after that.

    Just a though, that's all.

    March 11, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. Concerned

    i think most of you Obama supporters are stupid.
    Do you think Obama can take on Putin, Mahmud Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong, Jugo Chavez.

    His message of change and hope are not going to sell there. I think he will take America 100 years back. Soon europe will be the economic powerhouse with the € becoming stronger by the day. The chinese will make sure that that the US imports everything. India will profit from all the jobs that go overseas, and Russia will make sure that there are no missile defense shields in poland. the middle east will benefit from the 150$ / barrel profits.

    People wake up. Stop this slow death of America.

    March 11, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  4. Michelle

    Hope, you need hope. Obama is not a Martin Luther King wanna be and even if he was so what. Dr. Martin Luther King was a great man and a very positive communicator. Obama is not a selfish man. If anyone is selfish, it's our current president Bush. This war in Iraq is all about lining his pockets and his close friends since they are the only ones benefiting from the war. It has nothing to do with the general welfare of all Americans. Obama represent a change that is bringing so many people of different race, religion, culture and nationalities together that we all should be thankful because this is what makes up America. Obama is the better candidate. So my last words for you are stop being a hater and start representing what your name stands for.

    Vote Obama 2008

    March 11, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  5. Maggie in SC

    I have a question for all of those Pro Obama folks...

    Has Obama done anything? I am interested in potentially changing my vote, and I cannot find anything showing me what changes Obama is for....Can you help me??

    March 11, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. shanadee

    Since all of you Hillary/Republican/Ignoramuses on this blog seem to be unable or incapable of reading the FACTS....For your information, from the website Mississippi has 1.749 million whites (60.1% of total population) and 1.087 million African-Americans (37.4% of total population) voters. In the United States as a whole, there are 73.9% White voters, 12.4% African-American voters, and 14.8% Hispanic voters with approximately 10% made up of other races. Two points: African-Americans have voted for whites (since that's been the only choice for a national candidate) for all elections in the past 50 years...if this trend was reversed (just step out of your ignorant heads for a minute and THINK about it) wouldn't whites be doing the same thingif the situation was reversed? I know these numbers might be daunting for some of you but I really think these racist/bigoted comment painting the African-American voter as a threat is ridiculous! Barack Obama is not a threat...he is HOPE, CHANGE and represents a new America where percentages of this race and that race don't matter....just a new kind of politics where EVERYONE can be involved! OBAMA 08'

    March 11, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. Amy

    Undesirable as it is, race had determined Barack Obama's lead. Call it pride or whatever, the African Americans have contributed to his lead in popular vote/ delegate count in a big way. It is unfortunate that the mention of this is considered a taboo because of its sensitve nature.

    March 11, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  8. Floyd DeBow

    To all of you who are "affraid" of Obama because of his origin or his "lack of experience". OPEN YOUR MIND! OPEN YOUR HEART! People, we have a chance here to show the world that we have put aside all of the racial and hateful feelings that devide us. If America really wants the rest of the world to see that we are not just an imperialist, racist society, and if America really wants the African American community stop feeling like rebels and outsiders. Vote for Obama! Think about the next generation of young black males who need to see this happen. Think about it. Think about how it may change the attitudes of the descendants of American slaves. This country needs Obama. As far as his experience...we've all been there. HE OR SHE WHOSE EXPERIENCE HAS NEVER BEEN QUESTIONED MAY CAST THE FIRST STONE.

    March 11, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  9. go away obama !!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    Thank you cheryl!!!!! omg its amazing so many people blinding follow Obama and then no nothing about him!!! it is pretty scary and sad Your so right I watch Hannity and fox news all day and its about time they show the real obama!!!! OMG PEOPLE WAKE UP RESEARCH YOUR CANIDATE>>> whats even funnier is when they go around and ask people what Obama has accomplished name just one and they are like Huuuuhh hmmm I dont know.. Good grief stop being stupid Obama supporters look up the facts!!!

    March 11, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  10. Concerned Citizen

    You people keep talking about a win because the majority of the state is black: well technically that "theory" doesn't hold water in the states where the majority was "white" so how can that argument intelligently be made

    March 11, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  11. Charlotte

    Obama is expected to carry Mississippi, DUH He would not be where he is if he weren't black. Oprah would not have ever campagined for him if he were not black. He would not have won all those predominately black states if he were not black. MLK would never have been mentioned if he were not black. I have a dream, would never have been mentioned. Black delegates would not be strong armed into switching to Obama if he were not black. Sorry, just the facts

    March 11, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. Enough Said

    Years ago a literacy test was used to determine whether people would be allowed to vote. It was used to keep blacks from voting, even though illiterate poor whites were allowed to vote. Maybe a new form should be adopted now...since some semi illiterate people can't read and understand the truth. They need the candidates to speak in 3 word sentences, and believe a person is a muslim because some white person tells them so. It's so sad. Go Obama 08

    March 11, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  13. Brian

    Even though Hillary Clinton has decided to drag our party through the mud, we can still emerge from this battle as champions of true hope and change in America. Let's get behind Sen. Barack Obama and get our country back on the right track again! Can we do it?! YES WE CAN!


    OBAMA '08!!!

    March 11, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  14. Alex Mackin

    how is this message of 'hope and change' going to translate into anything real? Obama may lead you to think the entire world has transformed and knelt at his feet, pleading with him to lead the way, but it hasn't. what is it that makes him think he can unite anyone but his own supporters?

    Here in the rest of the world, Obama mania is OVER. we now find him arrogant, naive, creepily messianic, and a typical politician disgusing the inner ego-trip by whooping everybody up and making people believe its about 'Us' and 'we' when it is most definately all about HIM.

    March 11, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  15. shanadee

    Oh and by the way....I do think it's a little weird that the fact sheet on population has it's race/ethnicity totals calculate to OVER 100%...someone in the white house should probably check that out.

    March 11, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  16. Floyd DeBow


    March 11, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  17. Cecil

    No Morals, No Intergerty, No Reports, No More Hillary! No More Bill!
    No Wonder Scandals!
    Enough, They Had There 15 minutes of fame.

    Obama 08

    March 11, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  18. Alex Mackin UK

    How is Barack Obama's message of 'hope and change' going to translate into anything real? Obama may lead you to think the entire world has transformed and knelt at his feet, pleading with him to lead the way, but i guarantee you, it hasn't. What is it that makes him think he can unite anyone but his own supporters?

    Here in the rest of the world, Obama mania is OVER. we now find him arrogant, naive, holier-than-thou, creepily messianic, and a typical politician disgusing the inner ego-trip by whooping everybody up and making people believe its about 'Us' and 'We' when it is most definately all about HIM.

    March 11, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. Chris in NC

    A vote for Obama is a vote for McCain.

    March 11, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  20. Greg Minnesota

    As a Clinton supporter, (not necessarily her tactics) I'm becoming more convinced that she needs to drop out. Regardless of thee candidate the right is going to go all out this year in their desperation. We need to be beyond the nomination and fighting to put a democrat in office. My largest concern with Barack is his support of the military. I hope he will pay attention to the needs of the National Guard and Reserves to ensure theu have equal benefits to the active duty. Right now there is a great inequity between the two while the workload is falling on the part timers. Hillary did some great things for the people in the military, which was my prime motivation in supporting her.

    I do have to laugh when I hear each side on these blogs slandering and attacking one another and blaming the other side for being worse. Get it together let's unite and bring a democratic candidate to the white house

    March 11, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  21. Sherry

    One more time....what makes John McCain, or Ms Clinton, more experienced to be President than Obama?

    Obama 08

    March 11, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  22. Ron, Las Vegas

    I think it is disingenuous to say blacks vote only for blacks. I would bet those who say it only vote for whites. Did you ever think they vote for him the same reason whites do? I do believe that the black voters do look the candidate and how he relates to them, their problems and their experiences. I doubt very strongly you would find many blakcs voting for Alan Keys even those he is black. I believe it is a good thing that blacks and independents vote for Obama and it is something we should be applauding instead of denigrating. It seems a lot of the Hillary supporters are like her. If you don't vote for her, then your vote is not worth anything and your opinion is not worth anything. Maybe they should move to an island and create their own little country since they don't seem to think much of the rest of the country that doesn't support her.

    March 11, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. Elenanatx

    CNN you are a sad case for fair is it you can post false statements for other people about the African American vote but not post my previous post?

    African Americans always vote 80-90% in favor of who they think is the best candidate for America as a whole. We are not voting for Obama because he is's because we feel he is the BEST candidate for all of America. Yes he is black and he is also half white...big deal. We have always voted together for white candidates and never had complaints. Bigotry is alive in this country. How dare you people hate us because we have the good judement to get behind the BEST person to lead America to a better future, in this election...who just so happens to be black...Obama...Yes INDEED We Can!

    March 11, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  24. Alex Mackin UK

    obama's change?!

    are you a 5 year old?! or have you only been aware of how politcs works for 5 minutes?

    March 11, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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    March 11, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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