Mississippi A Player in Presidential Race

By: Chris Brennaman Email
By: Chris Brennaman Email

The eyes of the nation will be on Mississippi Tuesday as the Magnolia State holds the only presidential primary election in the country. It has been many years since the Democratic primary in Mississippi could help determine the party's presidential candidate.

"It makes it exciting for the voters who are going to come out to know, when people say 'my vote doesn't count'," said Melba Clark, chair of the Lauderdale County Democratic Party. "Well, of course, your vote counts under any circumstance, but under these circumstances, we know that your vote counts because the race is so close."

Sen. Barack Obama leads Sen. Hillary Clinton by only 96 delegates after Clinton posted a strong showing Mar. 4. Clinton picked up wins in Texas, Ohio, and Rhode Island, gaining ground and keeping her alive in the race. And now that the race is that much closer. The 40 delegates up for grabs in Mississippi Mar. 11 are suddenly very important.

Further proof of how much this state now means for the Democratic candidates can be seen on WTOK-TV. For the first time in several decades, a presidential candidate has purchased commercial spots in this market. Obama has bought more than 200 commercials, which began running Mar. 1. It's possible the Clinton camp will follow suit.


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