March 11th, 2008
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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. H

    GO HILLARY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!08/12 AND MORE.

    March 11, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. Mike in IL

    I have come to the realization that all of you just don't get it... all this talk about math... What does it tell you that Obama has won twice as many states and only leads by 100 delegates??? that tells me that the big states do matter !!!

    when you look at the stats over many years a lot of the states Obama has won are Republican... you talk about crossover "potential"... that is why his reported margain of win over McCain ranges from 4 to 14%... He is a huge risk and that is why the super delegates have not backed him... He has lost all of the blue states by a huge margain and barely won Missouri a swing state...

    now he is going on the attack because he wants to keep the focus off of the math... he is in ger of becoming just another politician!!!

    March 11, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. Jay MN

    ""The real fact is: Mr. McCain will be easily beating Mr. Obama but not Ms. Clinton.""

    This "fact" is fiction.

    Can anyone cite polls that has Hillary doing better against McCain than Obama? Because virtually every one I've seen suggests the exact opposite.

    Some of Hillary's support is actually Republicans voting for her in open primaries. Republicans want to face Hillary in November. They're literally giddy about it.

    March 11, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  4. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    So in 32 years Mississippi has not voted for a Democrate for President, Wyoming where the Republicans outnumber the Democrats 139,000 to 59,000. Now according to Obama his winning of those primaries means he can win them in the general election. If anyone believes that, then they also believe in the tooth fairy.

    March 11, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. Jay MN

    ""Here in the rest of the world, Obama mania is OVER""

    Thanks for the newsflash, but this is our election. When the Guardian tried to interfere last time, they helped to hand Ohio to Bush.

    March 11, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. Dan Lee

    Yeah I agree. black people are carrying Obama all the way to the White house, especially all those blacks who voted for him in the first contest of the year in Iowa...All 3% of them......
    Obama will get the so called big blue states and he will get enough Republicans (who arent happy with Mccain ) and Independants and turn some of those red states his way come November....
    Go Obama 08,

    March 11, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  7. -K-

    Wow you must live in the Old Days. You need to open your eyes. What you are saying is pure prejudice. Please Blacks, and other minorites don't owe the Clintons nothing. They didn't make the blacks any better off than what they were.
    How dare Bill show up to a Black Church and say, "I always wanted a black President." I would slap him and you for that dumb comment. We supposed to wash yall's feet also, it is amazing how you have adopted the now blacks turn there backs on us. I didn't see you in the White House.
    Who is us the whites, no we have not we have lots of white friends and relationships in the world and in our lives. Maybe you should rethink what you said and look at your racial tone you carry in 2008. Your the reason why I would turn my back on you as an individual, plus Blacks have there own minds and know who is best for them, is that not why you VOTE, for your Choice.

    March 11, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  8. go away obama !!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    unite for obama LMAO are you kidding me look up and research your canidate find out the truth.... UNITE FOR HILLARY !!!!!! I will not vote for obama ever and hope Hillary wins and does NOT put him on her ticket... Obama again is getting contribtuions from islam and friends with terrorists HELLO AND THIS IS THNE CHANGE YOU WANT??????? NO THANK YOU GO HILLARY and hey obama supporters please stop being stupid and research your canidate

    March 11, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  9. Jeb Bush

    The only time a democrat wins this state is during the democratic primary.

    March 11, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  10. justobserve

    When will people she how Hillary used them, the voters, for her own ambition? She siad she should win the nomination because Ohioans said so in their primary. Really? So how about other states that voted Obama that make him have more votes, more delegates and more states? Ohio is not the only one to vote but Hillary will court voters if they voted for her. She didn't even thank people who voted or worked hard for her where she lost.

    March 11, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  11. LegalDivan, Irving, Texas long does it take to moderate? I understand the boards are busy, but over an hour and going on two.

    March 11, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. Darryl

    Hillary Clinton supports and you know who you are Stop send those false Muslim email out.

    I time to support the truth

    Senator Obama, Offers true Change,

    America Economic System is starting to look like a third World country..

    We must stop the eroding, lying, fighting and let all America work together.

    Vote for Obama...

    March 11, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  13. Randy - Denver

    Umm a truth here folks MOST OF MISSISSIPPI IS NOT BLACK!! I lived there, there is roughly a 38% black population and a 15% hispanic population, so while blacks are a majority they are not most, I know a tough concept most of Mississippi is NON BLACK- so even if ALL blacks were to vote for Mr. Obama and he won say 55 – 45 that would mean that he won 17% of the white vote in Mississippi.. and that is saying ALOT

    March 11, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. -K-


    THANKS I am so glad we have a smart person on this subject of Blacks. I'm not sure if your for or against but it sure is funny how all the things mentioned it all reflected change by a Black Person. So what is the message blacks bring about change and force people to think critically about there options. It's like sports you seem to always pick the black kid first in sports because they are considered a difference maker, one who should give you an advantage over the white kid "Billy" your friend. LOL But now people are not supposed to like us when we run for President.

    March 11, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  15. NIC

    Barack should win MS easily today.....BUT, after today......

    If MI and FL get a revote, and it's increasing looking like that (HIllary has a good lead in both MI and FL). If Hillary wins PA too, then its good night people, race over and nominee picked. Hillary will be the Democratic nomination regardless of what any of you Clinton Haters have to say. There are almost 500 delegates up in the air between PA, MI and FL (again 3 big states). She won't have the majority, but she be leading Barack. So even though both candidates wont clinch the magic number of 2025, Hillary will have the lead by then in pledge delegates and super delegates and Barack will still lead in popular vote.
    IN, NC, KY, OR and WV will have a say, but they will all split at this point (equal out). It will be very close though, I'll say that.
    So Barack will be asked to step aside. But, to unite and bring together the Democratic party, Hillary will ask Barack to be VP, and he will definitely accept.
    Interesting, this could be a reality come late May/early June.
    Crazy right?! But not too far fetch, she could be the comeback kid! We'll just have to see how this all plays out. Definitely one for history books.

    Oh yeah, by the way, LEAVE GERALIDINE ALONE! What she said was completely taken out of context. And all the Clinton Haters and Media Outlets want to entertain this idea of racism. Grow up guys. If you want to attack someone, attack John McCain.

    March 11, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  16. Frank in Missouri

    Don't forget they Republicans ... they have nothing to vote for anymore and they will come out and vote for Clinton – their easiest target in November, their guarantee for victory.

    March 11, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  17. Will

    The desperation politics of Hillary and the racist comments of some of her supporters like Ferraro have no place in American politics.

    Hillary needs to reject and denounce Ferraro's racist statements herself and not let her minor campaign managers speak for her.

    God is watching us!

    March 11, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  18. LIZ-ILL

    Obama has no experience. We all know this. His friends are people like Jeremiah Wright, Rezko and underground Terrorists. What does he really believe in?

    I,m Black, and I will not vote for anyone because of their color. When Obama gets in the White House, You will still have 4 more years of the same old thing. What kind of change will he bring? All he does is talk. What is he really saying?

    The news media needs to check him out along with his wife WHO is the brains behind him. She will be running the country. GO HILLARY!

    March 11, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. Sammy

    I hope he wins really big today.
    I am from Western PA and I remember Bill Clinton promising to bring the Steel Mills back and a lot of people voted for him because of that. I hope they look around and see how many Steel Mills he built with NAFTA. (0) Please, lets not get fooled again. Obama is a change from Bushes and Clintons and we need that.

    March 11, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  20. Courtland Van Oden

    I Think the media is putting too much attention trying to call a race that still has along way to go. What they need to do is keep a close eye on the oil connection and where it is going. How much did you pay for gas today?

    March 11, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. Obama '08 NC

    Mississippi, is an important state as is all states we are the american people, to think Hillary dismissing smaller states is what's causing her to be behind. Hillary is no more for the people than I am for her, If folks can wake up and see the dirty politics, the lying about having foriegn experience. To be honest Obama is more experienced than Clinton, Hillary that is.

    March 11, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. Carol

    Today is March 11, 2008, it is my son's birthday he is 31 years old today and I still have him to celebrate his birthday with his mother, father, sister, his grandparents and friends. 6 years and 6 months to the day of September 11, 2001, there were many here in the northeast and in other surrounding states where lives where lost and tragically taken from them. There are no birthdays to celebrate, no holidays, there are no hellos, no I love you's, no hugs, nor kisses.

    Every 11th day of the month is a reminder of that awful day for those who lost a mother, father, son, daughter, sister, brother, niece, nephew, cousin, grandparent or a friend through that horrific act. After the shock of 911, Americans never backed down for what is right and never had to question what our American values were. When we pledge allegiance to our country and our flag, it is a commitment that we all partake to be united and free.

    Senator Hillary Clinton of New York, understood the devastation that overtook her state and its people. Who would you trust on day 1, and at that 3:00 a.m. call? We need Hillary, a fighter for what is right for families, for the economy and to restore our standing in the world. Obama’s Audacity of Hope is for the hopeless that is maybe? Do we really need maybe? I don’t think so. For Hillary it is will and determination for us. Yes she will!

    March 11, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. Dan from california

    Can anyone explain to me why Edwards doesn't endorse Obama or Clinton. I think this would help end this race one way or another. Also can he give his pledged delegates to another candidate. If all Clinton is running on is being ready on day one, how in the world will her experience hold-up against McCain. The only way the democrats can win is with an Obama/Edwards ticket. This puts Southern states in play. After the primary in Mississippi today more and more Democrats will start to see this reality. Please comment on this.

    March 11, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
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