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

Red Mississippi could go for blue in Senate race

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/10/30/ms.senate/art.musgrove.ap.jpg caption="Former Democratic Gov. Ronnie Musgrove speaks to reporters in Philadelphia, Mississippi, in July."]
(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. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW

    HEY OBAMA SUPPORTERS,

    SINCE YOUR SO EDUCATED ABOUT OBAMA WHY DONT YOU PULL UP OBAMA AND ODINGA THEN TELL ME YOUR STILL GOING TO VOTE FOR OBAMA!!

    ITS AMAZING YOU ONLY SEE WHAT YOU WANT TOOOOOO.

    ITS ALSO AMAZING YOU ONLY BELIEVE WHAT YOU WANT TOOO.

    I GUESS THATS WHY WE HAVE ELECTIONS.

    I JUST WISH THAT VOTERS DIDN'T LISTEN TO THE PARTIES OR MEDIA AND COMPLETE THEIR OWN RESEARCH.

    October 30, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. John S

    I'm a Canadian and there is no way that McCain will win this election. If it happens, I can see what will transpire in your country. Riots and civil turmoil because the whole population will know that their election process is a fraud and has nothing to do with democracy. I can see it now. Another civil war for the USA. Then you wonder where all the terrorist are? Just look at who is running your country now and you can see every turncoat in America

    October 30, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  3. JL

    Obama may have changed his mind about public financing, but McCain changed his mind about running an honorable campaign.

    I think the latter is a much worse broken promise.

    October 30, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. Lorenzo

    Don't you mean RED NECK MISSISSIPPI? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    GALLUP POLL HAD OBAMA INCREASING HIS LEAD ON MCCAIN! CNN YOU NEED TO DO YOUR POLL WORK OVER. I KNOW YOUR MAD BECAUSE OF OBAMA'S THIRTY MINUTE COMERCIAL SHOW ON OTHER NETWORK. YOU ALL SHOULD HAVE MADE A DEAL AND SHOWN IT TO!

    STEVE

    October 30, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  6. time 4 change

    Karen in Phoenix is correct. Every citizen of Arizona talks repeatedly how corrupt and inept Mcwar is and has been in Arizona.....scary.

    Repubs are a dying breed. Soon as their party gets smaller and smaller, we wont have races this close anymore. Enjoy the fun while it lasts.
    John McCain lost his honor and his marbles in these last 6 months, and made a horrible fool of himself.
    Palin is just plain ignorant and a selfish diva. She will be using all this media attention for her own selfish future goals.....too bad she just isnt smart enough.

    October 30, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. Rick

    Obama may stand up to McCain and Palin.
    Obama may stand up to Wall Street.
    Obama may even stand up to foreign terrorists.

    But Obama will not stand up to Reid and Pelosi.
    60 Dems = Disaster

    October 30, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  8. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW

    HEY OBAMA SUPPORTERS,

    SINCE YOUR SO EDUCATED ABOUT OBAMA WHY DONT YOU PULL UP OBAMA AND ODINGA THEN TELL ME YOUR STILL GOING TO VOTE FOR OBAMA!!

    THE OBAMA SUPPORTERS ARE SO GULLIBLE!!!!!

    THE TRAIL OF CROOKED PEOPLE THAT OBAMA HAS BEEN WITH CAN'T BE ALL FALSE!!!!!!!!!

    I JUST CAN'T BELIEVE THE MEDIA IS SO BLIND.

    I GUARANTEE YOU IF IT WAS MC CAIN THE MEDIA WOULD BE ALL OVER IT.

    October 30, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. Charlotte

    So much money and Obama can't seem to get the major boost he needs. If Reagan could do it so can McCain. I think this election will indeed go to the wire.

    October 30, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  10. Frank Lee

    Hey Hillary supporter – get over yourself.

    You're a bigger loser than Palin...........

    October 30, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  11. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW

    HEY OBAMA SUPPORTERS,

    SINCE YOUR SO EDUCATED ABOUT OBAMA WHY DONT YOU PULL UP OBAMA AND ODINGA THEN TELL ME YOUR STILL GOING TO VOTE FOR OBAMA!!

    October 30, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  12. Chris from St. Louis

    The margin of votes required to win has been cast already in early voting .... polls from now on has no meaning. It will be leaving a lot of voters who have already voted.

    October 30, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  13. Shirley

    I live in MS and have been republican for 30 years. I'm voting a straight democrat ticket this year. I have had enough and want a change especially in MS.

    October 30, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  14. Ken

    Fifteen BILLION dollars – and for only ONE QUARTER of the year!!!
    And McCain wants to give them a tax break from your pockets of ANOTHER TWO BILLION!!!!! I guess it is only considered socialism if the little guy gets a few bucks. Corporate Welfare Cheques don't count!!!!

    October 30, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  15. time 4 change

    Love the way they all turn on Bush to make mccain look good.
    THEY voted him in TWICE!!!!!

    Oh, the hypocracy of republicans......SCARY

    October 30, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  16. christian paul

    i follow American presidency campain since day one ,i will greatly happy if the RED REPUBLICAN won because it gonna be very disgracefull if this demo. of a thing won whom can be also regard as cowards and goat living in midst of wolfs .OBAMA is inesperience speaking well is not doing well. i pray for long live of AMERICA.

    October 30, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  17. democrats /PA

    i dont see it? palin runs the senate
    or biden runs the preident
    who did we vote for / what a joke

    October 30, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  18. Blue Southern

    "Red Neck Mississippi?" Come on now, that's just not too cool. I'm from Mississippi and I'm not a Red Neck or a Republican. Just a regular ole' middle-aged white guy and I will be voting for Obama with pride. It may be closer than you think. Quite a few of my republican family members are voting for Obama. Money talks and Republican BS walks.

    October 30, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  19. LE

    Bill Clinton was right in August, Obama is going to win by a landslide!

    October 30, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  20. Max

    If not the Mormon screwballers in the 6th district and the sh!tclogged ret4rds in the 3rd, AZ goes blue.

    October 30, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  21. democrats /PA

    i dont see it? palin runs the senate
    or biden runs the preident
    who did we vote for / what a joke
    wow does this go againts you obama

    ?

    October 30, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  22. Pua, HI

    Missisippi... turn blue... go for it! It is for the better. Obama/Biden 08

    October 30, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  23. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    @ "Captain cucamonga"

    I will TRY and TYPE REAL SLOW .........SO ........YOU...........CAN........READ..............THIS............THE MONEY........SEN. OBAMA..............USED .............FOR ..........HIS AD..........WAS ............DONATED...........BY.........MILLIONS...........OF............AMERICANS!

    THE AVERAGE DONATION IS $86! YOU FAR-RIGHT-HATE-LIES-AND-FEAR-MONGERS ARE SO........JEALOUS..........ALL YOU KNOW HOW TO DO IS...........SPEW..........LIES..........AND.........HATE!

    SHAME ON YOU!

    October 30, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  24. Obama/Biden 08

    To hell with the Senate race, Obama might win Missouri in the election.

    October 30, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  25. the snarly old hawk squawks in fellowship square

    Mississippi mentioned in the same breath as Democrat.Shrub seems to have attained the legacy he has so longingly sought.

    October 30, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
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