MS: Can Obama Save The Senate Race?

After all, Mississippi is still Mississippi – mostly conservative and leaning Republican, they say.

But the Illinois senator will likely still help Democratic senatorial candidate Ronnie Musgrove against Republican Roger Wicker in the race for Trent Lott’s old Senate seat, if Musgrove plays his cards right, said Marty Wiseman, executive director of the John C. Stennis Institute of Government at Mississippi State University.

The trick for Musgrove, who is narrowly behind Wicker in what some are calling one of the most competitive congressional races in the nation, is to draw on the popularity of Obama with young voters and black voters. But Musgrove must also inspire the working class white Mississippi voters, who might not be quite as willing to support a black presidential candidate considered liberal by Mississippi political standards.

Gulf South Free Press
10/4/8