March 11th, 2008
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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. jp

    African American in great %%% will vote for Obama, no mattr what policies, no matter what, their expectation is to have Obama become Pres. and hope that all thier problems are over, maybe, however it most likely not going to happen, then Obama will be blamed for being to White, and more challenges will face him, then Obama will be loose his base, bye majority in Senate and Congress, and all be lost. not just words,

    March 11, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  2. Eva

    # Presidential Candidates (2742)

    * Hillary Clinton (1010)
    * Barack Obama (893)

    This is the list of articles written by CNN. Clearly shows who has got the all the negative coverage from CNN.

    March 11, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. pa for obama

    You people are crazy! Whining about blacks too bad they only make up 14 percent of the country. That is ridiculous to even say obviously white people have been voting for whites all along nobody complained about a state being to conservative or to this and that. As for rendell endorsing Clinton he is not well liked anyways so that does not really matter.I don't know much about Philly but in Pittsburgh there are a bunch of old democrats who I'm sure majority like Hillary and college students me being one supporting obama. Pa is going to be closer than Ohio was Ohio may be bordering is however. There are a lot of differences.

    Pennsylvania for
    Obama 08

    March 11, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. Alex Mackin UK

    CNN is likely to block this, in favour of something really insightful, like: 'go obama hillary is a decieftul politizian yo yo yo'

    anyway, back to my point,

    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 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  5. 4Real SC

    I hope voters can see through Hillary. It is all about her and if she don't win will she acknowledge the hard work the party has done for her in that state? I never heard her congratulate any state that she didn't win. So Mississippi watch out for the fraud lady.

    March 11, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. samantha

    I choose my candidate based on their campaign and their experiences and what they can do to make america better...after listening to both campaign i only have one questions DO YOU THINK IF SENATOR. OBAMA WAS A WHITE CANDIDATE WITH THE SAME SPEECHES HE MAKES, WOULD HE BE THE TOP RUNNER RIGHT NOW? I don't think so because what will hope and inspiration do to a sinking economy...fine i hope to win the lottery Mr. Obama what do you think hope will get me the lottery...that's a far fetch dream...this economy don't need dreamers or hope it needs experience and it needs someone who can make decisions on day 1...and I'm tired of americans picking their candidates based on the color of their skin. I'm an african american and i will not step to that level because we have fight so hard for equality and today we have prove that only if your a white american and you choose a white candidate then your racist but if your a black american and you choose a black candidate then thats equality no your wrong thats racist also...i wish everyone would forget the color of your skin and your religion and your party and just choose the best candidate for the job...someone who can rise to the challenge and bring america back to the way before Pres. Bush destroy it...

    March 11, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. SDunn

    Chris wrong again. He won the popular vote in Missouri so are you now saying that Obama won Texas since he won the delegate count there as well?

    March 11, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. Democrats

    I want to thank all of you out there that have voted for Obama and Clinton. It was a great race, although it is now time to unite for the candidate with the best chance to change America for the better. We don't want more of the same, rich getting richer politics. WE WANT CHANGE!

    UNITE FOR OBAMA '08!

    Thank you.

    March 11, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  9. Cecil

    to Roger, AR;

    Hillary was expected to win Ohio and Texas and she got all big headed and arrogant! Lets be honest now.

    Obama 08

    March 11, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. HILL YEAH!

    Nobama no way!!

    CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT!

    March 11, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  11. Ringo

    A desperate woman, who is fighting only for herself, NOT America or Democratic party. Have stoop lower and lower as the campaign progresses. It has now reach ground zero. Lost all my respect for her. Shame on u hillary! U may try again 8 years later. Obama, president of USA for the next 8 years.

    March 11, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  12. 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 in the last year, pleading with him to lead us to the promised land, but i hate to burst the bubble: it hasn't. What is it that makes him think he can 'unite' anyone but his own supporters exactly? Even hillary's legislative record is much more bipartisan and unifying, where he's always somewhere out on the fringe.

    Here in the rest of the world, Obama mania is waning. Increasingly, we 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. Clever, but not an honest phenomenon, and he knows it.

    March 11, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  13. Lee

    The Blacks will be out in force tonight – Why are white people being so stupid voting for this guy? Youll be sorry when you young white boys are scared to walk down the street – White people better smarten up.

    March 11, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  14. Tina

    The less educated votes for Hillary Clinton, and these are facts!
    Americans are afraid of Changes, oh and Please stop talking about she has all this experience.
    She can't even keep her campaign together how in the heck will she take charge of the country. come on people!

    March 11, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. debra

    If Obama wins this nomination then we might as well all go over to the Republican side. Perhaps we can efectively change the republican party. I don't think the Obama pods feel like they need all of our poor "racist white trash" votes anyway. (An Obama Pods words)

    March 11, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  16. cindy

    I think the way Obama turned this VP thing on her was great. I love to see the Clinton strategy backfire!

    March 11, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  17. Alex Mackin UK

    MODERATE THIS, CNN SIMPLETONS!

    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 in the last year, pleading with him to lead us to the promised land, but i hate to burst the bubble: it hasn't. What is it that makes him think he can 'unite' anyone but his own supporters exactly? Even hillary's legislative record is much more bipartisan and unifying, where he's always somewhere out on the fringe.

    Here in the rest of the world, Obama mania is waning. Increasingly, we 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. Clever, but not an honest phenomenon, and he knows it.

    March 11, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  18. DJJ

    All this talk about Hillary winning big states, but Obama is ahead because he recognize that little states have voices too. So 60 – 70% of little states plus 40-49% of big states equals a winner. I don't care what kind of vote Obama gets, black, white, republican, red or blue, after all a vote is a vote.

    March 11, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. Beverley

    Go Obama!

    March 11, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  20. PINK

    THE CLINTONS IN THE WHITE HOUSE AGAIN! HELL NO...THAT'S THE GATEWAY FOR MORE SCANDALS.

    March 11, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  21. elvispresley

    »»ENOUGH of Clintons in the White House!!...Hillary "Annoying" Clinton is NOT good enough to be President.People in Mississippi : VOTE well-»VOTE Obama. NO MORE Clintons in the White House!...ENOUGH!!...

    March 11, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  22. Don Bennett

    This is an interesting discussion....Obama will win the nomination unless the Clinton's want to screw with people and push their own selfish agenda. People want change....not the same old crap. So vote for change by taking what the Clinton's want you to believe is a risk. With Hillary in charge she will alientate a majoirty of Americans and will lose to McCain and she knows it. Obama will bring people together and you might see a new America for it. Race and Religion issues are all fear mongering and shame on you all for even discussing it.

    A new America needs to ideals and a new voice – Obama 2008

    March 11, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  23. Tommy In Tx

    Deb Praying for Divine Intervention:

    Why is it that Hillary supporters keep talking about seeing the real Obama before its too late. It is obvious that most americans are seeing the real Obama, that is why he is kicking Hillary's butt in the primary and caucus races. If you can't see the real Hillary, come on, then it is clear you can't see the real Obama either!

    March 11, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  24. wisdom002, Raleigh-NC

    Obama will blow Hillary not only in the "water" but in the mud people. She won't win Mississipi. And guest what? We're preparing a big winning for Obama here in North Carolina. We're tired of old politics,please. We need new people!!!!

    March 11, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  25. debra

    Funny how Obama has won the red states. It seems to me that it is Obama that the Republicans are voting for. The polls say that more traditional Democrates have voted for Clinton and not Obama. If he wins in Mississippi then shame on them for not supporting the Clintons after they have helped raise millions to help them. Where was Obama and his promises of change then? Supposedly with all his years of experience he must have been around somewhere.

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