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. ElvisPresley

    »»People in Mississipi : Do NOT waste your vote in a BORING and ARROGANT ex-first Lady!... ENOUGH of Clintons in the White House!...VOTE WELL–»VOTE Obama, who is muuuuuuuuuuuch better than Hillary "Annoying" Clinton.

    March 11, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. dee

    I suppose Obama will win Miss., all the blacks are going to vote for him, know racism there. With 37% of the dems. in miss.are black that is a know brainer. Wait until he gets to Pa. and Fl. I don't think there are enought blacks to carry the day for him. He could never win in the general, McCain will kick his butt, because if Obama is on that ticket alot of Dems. are going to be voting for McCain and I am one of them.

    March 11, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. D.

    I'm so tired of Obama's behave. He's been very negative last few days. To him, he can do that with no wrong, but not Clintion. What double standard he holds!

    March 11, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. Diane

    4 is not what she has between her legs it is what she doesn't have between her legs. We do not need another arrogant male in the White House, regardless of his race. Him and his wife have shown that they are above all of us and if that is not arrogance then please tell me what is. A man in the White House is more of the same, we need a woman for a change.

    March 11, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. ElvisPresley

    »»Hillary Clinton said she found her own voice ONLY NOW with 60 years old!!!...aaaah!...PATHETIC!!...VOTE OBAMA!

    March 11, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  6. Jay MN

    Any small gain Hillary makes in Pennsylvania will be cancelled out in North Carolina and Indiana. There's jsut no way she can take the lead, and if you aren't in the lead, you can't win. Superdelegates will eventually need to back the leader if they want to keep their jobs.

    If all of the majority African-American districts expelled their congressmen over rejecting Obama against their will, and the will of the plurality, the Republicans would be in control again. Just watch Hillary try to get anything done then!

    March 11, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  7. 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 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  8. Barock

    red states, bule states. Remember we are selecting a party nominee, if only blue states counts, we just simply skip all those so-called red state primaries. it's non-sense. Anyone doubts that Obama would lose CA or NY to Replublican even if HRC won primaries there? Actaully Obama has a broader base which would be much helpful in the general election.

    March 11, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. CB

    Go Mississippi Go! Put one more check in the loss column for the Clinton Campaign Team's scorecard. Hey Hillary, if you quit now maybe you can use your experience to fill the soon to be announced NY governor's position.

    March 11, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. LegalDivan, Irving, Texas

    Felton.."from around the way" March 11th, 2008 9:09 am ET

    Obama will win yet again tonight….you know Hillary will have to get 70% of the vote in Pa to tie him….have Pa..go on take it!..NOT !!
    are you completely delusional?

    Can I have what you are smoking? Hillary has yet to WIN ANY RACE by 70%. What makes you think she can now?

    This entitlement that Billary has blows my mind. It would be like the New England Patroits offerring the New York Giants the Superbowl Championship for 2008! or asking the Gold medal winner in the Olympic to take your silver medal! WHO IS THEIR RIGHT MIND DOES THIS!

    March 11, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  11. Slick

    I am guessing that all the negative comments about Obama from guys here are from white guys who are too insecure about themselves to back an African American for President. Too bad he has already won. Get used to it or get out!!!


    March 11, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. corin

    Oh but its ok when the clintons get arrogant?! wait a minute... they have been arrogant all along! They thought they would have this primary finished on Feb 5th... sorry it didnt happen

    March 11, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. J.C.T.

    WHY ?

    March 11, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. LegalDivan, Irving, Texas

    donnajp March 11th, 2008 9:16 am ET

    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.

    It's called change...! Wake up it is happening whether you want it to or not. Before the Civil War...Blacks in America were considered 3/5 of a person. After the Civil War they were finally considered a person without many rights, Boycotting, speechs and perservance brought about the amendment that finally gave Black men the right to vote, but not women. Then women spoke out against oppression, held speechs and demostrations and through that women finally recieved the right to vote. Change cannot happen if you can not envision it happening.

    March 11, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  15. Sonja, Florida

    I am black and I was for Hillary until she started to ignore states that she taught she would lose in. I was annoyed that she started to fight dirty when she was loosing. Also a lot of other black females were supporting Hillary because of gender and familiarity. Like me other black females have changed, because of what she or her husband had said to offend us. So I am now rooting for Obama.

    Out of all the candidates I like Huckabee, I would not vote for him because of his stupid idea to do away with Federal income tax. Don’t say we are all voting for him because of his color. Believe it or not some of us are educated, just like some white people are not.

    Hillary has to win in all the remaining states by at least a 60% to 40% in order to win. Edwards pointed out that neither he nor Obama had taken donations from special interest. This means that neither of them would have to do the biddings of these groups like Clinton will have to do and put our needs on the back burner.

    March 11, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. Chris

    Another red state that will not vote democratic during the general election... Obama will claim victory and try to fuel his argument about winning states that do not matter in the general election...

    Why do you think that Obama is getting desperate and is starting to attack Clinton??? He and his campaign realize that in the general election a lot of the states he has won will not vote for him... If you look at the states by electoral college votes he is losing to Clinton... the super delegates are not taking his side because he has not proven he can win any of the big states needed to win in November!!!

    I am from IL and want to ask the DNC if we can have a Redo??? the Rezko trial is starting to make we ask questions about Obama and my vote... all of these attacks on Clinton is starting to make me think that Obama is not ready to be president... so much for change and taking the high road!!!

    March 11, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  17. Bob Stephens

    How many votes for Hillary will be selected by Republican Crossover Voters? Quite a few, I'll bet. The neo-cons want Hillary to win in the worst way.....

    March 11, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. B. Smart

    . . . .You can tell when Hillary is going into states where she thinks she
    can exploit race. Thank goodness that Senator Obama's supporters
    are not voting by race, but intelligence on the issues, as seen in his diverse pool of
    voters. The majority of Senator Obama supporters are voting intelligence
    on the issues. Voters of ALL races are supporting Senator Obama. As
    we've seen in G. W. Bush, a person's race doesn't determine

    March 11, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  19. LegalDivan, Irving, Texas

    SDunn March 11th, 2008 10:54 am ET

    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?

    SDunn – I think you are wrong again... Hillary has indeed won the Texas primary, but she is losiing the Texas Caucus 56%/44%, which if this holds ...come our Democratic convention...Obama will indeed take Texas and take more delegates...SO UNLESS YOU UTILIZE A DIFFERENT MATH THAT MOST OF AMERICA...I think Obama does eventually take Texas.

    March 11, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  20. Chanda-Cincinnati


    So are you saying that because BILL had more minorities in office than any other administration before him, that African Americans should be beholden unto any Clinton? Thank you for further proving that this woman is trying to get into office on the record of her husband.

    March 11, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  21. marian

    I think Hillary and Obamah are very good people , we know Bill did a good job in the white house but Hillary is not Bill. I see Obamah as a very well educated person who is well capable of running this country. First of all he beleives in God and he is for the white, black, latino and for everyone. Let make this nation a great nation under God. GO BARACK, RACK IT UP FOR BARACK.

    March 11, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  22. LegalDivan, Irving, Texas

    Hope – Question for you? Do you know Americas history? His dream IS THE AMERICAN DREAM! It's what we are founded on! The idea that anyone, black, white, yellow or red; poor or rich can be anything they want if the apply themselves.

    March 11, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |


    OBAMA '08

    March 11, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  24. AJ, IL

    Obama has a broad coalition of voters. When Hillary lost Wyoming on March 8th, 61% to 38%, there was no talk of voter ethnicity. So if Hillary loses Mississippi, will she talk about the black electorate voting for a black candidate as the reason for her loss?

    I sometimes feel sorry for Hillary. In her race to grab power, she is encountering a reoccuring theme, the idea of REJECTION! Bill Clinton's numerous affairs serve as the ultimate rejection of Hillary Clinton. And now she is being rejected by voters across the nation. Hillary and her supporters just don't understand. Hillary is nothing politically without Bill Clinton. She owes her Senate seat, her incredible fundraising efforts, and overall democratic party support to Bill Clinton. If Bill Clinton had divorced Hillary back in 1995, Hillary would be a corporate law partner right now, and not even a thought when it came to presidential politics.

    Just some truth....Obama in 08!

    March 11, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  25. CW in DC

    I read these blogs and regardless of who I support, I'm so saddened to see that after all we all have been through as a country, it always seems to come back down to one element – race.

    Yes I did/do have "hope". The hope that my son of 5 years would not have to endure such prejudices when he comes of age, regardless of the race of the candidate that he in his time of the right to vote for.

    We as a country have come a long way but as God as a witness, we have so far to go.

    March 11, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
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