October 30th, 2008
03:05 PM ET
13 years ago

Red Mississippi could go for blue in Senate race

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(CNN) - In a normal election, the possibility of traditionally red Mississippi voting blue is slim.

But with an unpopular president, a broken economy and an African-American at the top of the Democratic ticket, the prospect is high for Democrats to pick up in November.

Related: 'Perfect storm' could give Dems 'magic 60' in Senate

Mississippi has not sent a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in 26 years and has voted Republican in eight of the last nine presidential elections.

In 2000 and 2004, the state overwhelmingly supported George W. Bush by a nearly 60 percent margin.

Despite some polling showing Republican Sen. Roger Wicker with a comfortable lead over former Democratic Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, both campaigns agree the race is going to come down to every last vote.

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  1. Tannim

    Uh, latest poll aggregate is 54-43 Wicker. You're nuts.

    October 30, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. mitch

    all republicans should be voted out.

    October 30, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. sick n tired

    Dont you mean RED NECK Mississippi?

    October 30, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. Ken

    It is only the media that is saying this. The state will not change and vote Democrat! The Republican (McCain/Palin) will be chosen instead.

    Our country cannot have a "OJT" President, we need McCain/Palin, who are experienced, talent, skillful enough and the knowledge to get us out of the mess that Bush got us into.

    NOBAMA 2008

    McCain/Palin 2008

    October 30, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. Sarah Palin the Alaskan Lobbyist

    You know I was thinking and thinking and just couldn't put my finger on what was so dishonest about Sarah Palin then I heard her 'energy speech' yesterday and it hit me like a ton a bricks….

    Palin is a lobbyist for Alaska. She is lobbying to bring more jobs to ALASKA, that's it! She knows nothing about the other 'lower 48′ nor does she has an interest in learning unless it will benefit Alaska.

    She's playing a lying game with the American people and sadly the Republicans are so full of lobbyist they haven't noticed she's taking them for a long ride right into the pockets of Alaska.

    October 30, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. John Doe

    McCain / Palin
    Mavericks: REAL American Heros!

    October 30, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  7. KLEE

    one mississippi two mississippi go mississippi vote OBAMA/BIDEN we need you out here!!

    October 30, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. hurriCAIN PALIN

    Mississippi has not sent a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in 26 years and has voted Republican in eight of the last nine presidential elections.

    stick with your roots mississippi, nobama cannot and will not bring change and hope

    October 30, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  9. deeMontgomeryAl

    If the polls and votes were handled correctly there would be no red states. Less than 1% of the nations population are wealthy. Government corruption has ruined the lifes of the vast majority of people. Yet we are to believe the majority of people are republicans, if this is so this is the self destructive. The size of the crowds that Obama draws vs McCain plainly verifys the polls that are done are not accurate and never has been.

    October 30, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. Mohsen Emami

    Down South, If anybody has done a wonderful job of converting hard core Republicans (Reds) into Democrats(Blue) this year, is Bush and McCain.

    October 30, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  11. Preco, NY

    Amazing...... God works in mysterious ways!!!!!

    October 30, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. When shall you stop this deception!

    – Why are Sen. McCain and his team using Joe the Plumber to insinuate that "Obama's Presidency will mean the death of Israel"?
    – Why has Sen. McCain not allowed Sarah Palin as promised alone to do interview with Larry King Live, if she is qualified to be a VP of USA? Hiding something?
    – Why is Sarah Palin’s windfall tax distribution to Alaskans not wealth distribution and “socialism”?
    – Why are those checks from Bush Administration last May not wealth distribution and “socialism”?
    Sarah Palin is a Fraud and must bet stopped before she messes up USA and the world!

    October 30, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  13. America's standards

    Avalanche effect...lol

    October 30, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  14. kayla

    WISHFUL THINKING, BUT ALL RED STATES WILL TURN INTO BLUE. OBAMA 08

    October 30, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  15. bob

    Palin is going back to vote for Obama and Arizona is going blue(Obama) this time!

    October 30, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. Hillary supporter now for McCain/Palin

    I'm voting Democrat because . . .

    I believe oil companies' profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obscene but the government taxing the same gallon of gas at 15% isn't.

    I believe the government will do a better job of spending the money I earn than I would.

    Because freedom of speech is fine as long as nobody is offended by it. (good one too)

    because when we pull out of Iraq, I trust that the bad guys will stop what they're doing because they now think we're good people

    because I believe that people who can't tell us if it will rain on Friday CAN tell us that the polar ice caps will melt away in ten years if I don't start driving less.

    believe that business should not be allowed to make profits for themselves. They need to break even and give the rest away to the government for redistribution as THEY see fit.

    because I believe liberal judges need to rewrite the Constitution every few days to suit some fringe kooks who would NEVER get their agendas past the voters. Go BO!

    October 30, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  17. hello Mr Obama

    Why have not you sealed the deal yet ?

    Tough times, Media, economy, failed-Bush policies are all in your favor.

    You do not need $600M to convince American voters that you are capable of running the government and the country.

    Any moron can run a business if there is no accountability.

    -an Independent

    October 30, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  18. Nimi from NY

    I was cut of on the previous article on poll.

    Many people that have not been polled already voted. More so, the only polls that matters is the electoral votes. You can fry with your national polls. I don't care much about them. The votes that counts are the electoralmore votes. They count more to me than the national polls.

    October 30, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  19. karen-phoenix

    Arizona is going blue!!! WE know McCain and DO NOT want him in the White HOuse. He messed up AZ, DO NOT let him mess up the US. He will be worse than Bush!!! AND Palin is a joke!!! This time we really, really need someone with brains and education!!! Not a hot shot old flyer who lost 3 airplanes!!!
    God Bless Obama/BIden

    October 30, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. afterlife13

    An interesting dilemma. If McCain IS elected as President, he faced a Democratic Congress. It very well might be a lame duck four-year term, unless Palin "runs" the senate, as she told a third-grader.

    October 30, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  21. Max

    Who the hell lives in Maricopa that votes Republican, besides that fuqqing Mormon District?

    October 30, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  22. jamie,hattiesburg,ms

    It's a shame that our state isn't completely blue after all we've been through and being last in almost every statistic economically.Just goes to show that the ways of MS haven't changed much and Mccain knew it when he came here for the first debate.He catered to the sterotype of MS by not even looking at Oboma as he if he was beneath him and the people went for it.I'm ashamed that my state is still stuck in the past.

    October 30, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  23. cjr

    Haley would be red in the face for a long long time- those good old boys are about as red as they come. Go Obama!

    October 30, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  24. cjr

    Haley would be red in the face for a long long time- those good old boys are about as red as they come. Go Obama!

    October 30, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  25. annie

    Thanks to acorn Mississippi has more registered voters than it has adult voters! 2008 the year obama BOUGHT THE ELECTION.

    October 30, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
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