The Hattiesburg American Editorial, 7/20/8

The last time Mississippi supported a Democratic candidate for president, the United States was celebrating its 200th birthday. For years now, many have thought it might be another 200 years before the state becomes blue territory.

But that could change this year, with Barack Obama leading the Democrats’ ticket and a baggage-laden John McCain carrying the GOP banner.

If Mississippi does vote Democratic in November, it will be largely due to Obama and national party boss Howard Dean.

Hattiesburg American