The Hattiesburg American, 2/11/8

If campaign donations are any indication of support, Sen. John McCain and former Sen. Fred Thompson are Mississippi’s favorite presidential candidates.

Mississippians donated nearly $1.2 million to all presidential candidates as of the last filing period, which ended Dec. 31, Federal Election Commission records show. That’s a fraction of the $582 million raised nationwide.

Democratic Sen. Barack Obama ran a distant third in presidential fundraising in the state, raising $142,627. His primary rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton, was the only major candidate that did not visit the state last year. She raised only $57,242.