Race to the Finish

Cong. Chip Pickering attended a rally in his behalf this morning in Meridian.

A poll conducted by the Associated Press and Emerich newspapers indicated Pickering has a wide lead over his Democrat challenger,
Cong. Ronnie Shows.

The poll released Sunday showed Pickering with a 54 percent to 27 percent lead. Pickering downplayed the margin.

"The only numbers that count are the votes that are cast tomorrow," Pickering said.

Pickering was first elected to the Third District seat in 1996. He's running for a fourth term.

Cong. Shows visited Meridian Sunday, making an appearance at Mt. Olive Baptist Church. The A.P. poll is not slowing him down.

Shows continues what he calls his grassroots campaign, sharing his message with voters in all corners of the district.

"Vote for me, because we want to save Social Security, because we want to keep jobs here in Mississippi and not in Mexico," said Shows.

Through Tuesday, Shows is campaigning from Columbia to Jackson to meridian and in his hometown of Bassfield.