Gov. shifts focus down stretch

“I would not think under normal circumstances a sitting Republican governor should have to” court black votes, said Joe Parker, a political science professor at the University of Southern Mississippi. “Maybe (Barbour’s) got it so sewn up in white votes, he’s looking for a landslide if he can peel off 5 percent of the black vote.”

Such a win would give a Barbour victory “more clout,” Parker said.

Said Barbour campaign spokesman Brian Perry: “Some Democrats think it is a waste of time for Republicans to campaign in predominantly black communities, but Gov. Barbour believes no voter is a waste of time. All Mississippians want better jobs, better schools, better health care and more opportunities. Gov. Barbour is running on his record in all communities across Mississippi.”

Clarion Ledger
10/11/7