Democrats May Have Edge

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According to a Jackson State University political scientist, Sen. Barbara Blackmon's presence on the ballot for lieutenant governor could help push Democratic Gov. Ronnie Musgrove into a second term.

Leslie B. McLemore, who's also a Democratic member of the Jackson City Council, says Blackmon will help motivate a high turnout of black voters, who traditionally support Democrats.

Blackmon is the first black candidate to win a major party nomination for one of Mississippi's top two elected offices.

McLemore spoke Monday at a luncheon sponsored by Mississippi State University's John C. Stennis Institute of Government and the Capitol press corps.

Blackmon faces Republican Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck. Musgrove faces former Republican National Committee Chairman Haley Barbour in the Nov. 4 general election.