How will presidential race affect Senate campaign?

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.

Wiseman said if it weren’t for Obama, and the large new voter turnout he is expected to produce, Musgrove likely wouldn’t have a chance.

“He has got to figure out a way to grasp Obama’s coattails, but, in Musgrove’s mind, not leave any fingerprints,” Wiseman said.

Sun Herald