Appointed U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R), seeking to win the job for a full term, has opened a modest lead over former Governor Ronnie Musgrove (D). The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in Mississippi found Wicker attracts 48% of the vote, while Musgrove earns support from 42%.

When “leaners” are included, Wicker’s lead expands to nine percentage points, 52% to 43%.

Wicker attracts 91% of the Republican vote and has opened a two-to-one advantage among unaffiliated voters. Musgrove is supported by 82% of
Democrats. Wicker wins 72% of the White vote while Musgrove picks up 83% of the African-American vote.

Wicker is viewed favorably by 61% of Mississippi voters, up five points from a month ago. Musgrove earns positive reviews from 51%, up four points.

In the Mississippi Presidential race, John McCain leads Barack Obama.

Rasmussen Reports