2008 Mississippi Democratic presidential primary

The 2008 Mississippi Democratic presidential primary took place on March 11, 2008, with 33 delegates at stake. The winner in each of Mississippi's four congressional districts was awarded all of that district's delegates, totaling 22. Another 11 delegates were awarded to the statewide winner, Barack Obama. The 33 delegates represented Mississippi at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado. Seven other unpledged delegates, known as superdelegates, also attended the convention and cast their votes as well.

2008 Mississippi Democratic presidential primary
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Candidate Barack Obama Hillary Clinton
Home state Illinois New York
Delegate count 20 13
Popular vote 265,502 159,221
Percentage 61.15% 36.67%

Election results by county
  Barack Obama
  Hillary Clinton


A poll of likely voters on March 9, 2008, showed Barack Obama leading Hillary Clinton 54% to 37% with 9% undecided.[1]


Mississippi Democratic Presidential Primary Results – 2008
Party Candidate Votes Percentage Delegates
Democratic Barack Obama 265,502 61.15% 20
Democratic Hillary Clinton 159,221 36.67% 13
Democratic John Edwards 3,933 0.91% 0
Democratic Joe Biden 1,816 0.42% 0
Democratic Bill Richardson 1,396 0.32% 0
Democratic Dennis Kucinich 912 0.21% 0
Democratic Christopher Dodd 739 0.17% 0
Democratic Mike Gravel 591 0.14% 0
Democratic Uncommitted 42 0.01% 0
Totals 434,152 100.00% 33
Voter turnout %


Mississippi, with its heavily African American population, gave Barack Obama a large victory over Hillary Clinton by an almost two-to-one margin. According to exit polls, 50 percent of voters in the Mississippi Democratic Primary were African Americans and they opted for Obama by a margin of 92-8 compared to the 48 percent of Caucasian voters who backed Clinton by a margin of 70-26. Obama won all age groups, educational attainment levels and socioeconomic classes in Mississippi except senior citizens aged 65 and over who backed Clinton by a margin of 55-43. Obama won moderates and liberals, as well as self-identified Democrats by a margin of 67-30 and Independents by a 53-43 percent margin of victory. Clinton won conservatives and self-identified Republicans by a margin of 75-25. Obama also swept most major religious denominations – other Christians went for Obama 70-29; other religions 80-20; and atheists/agnostics 80-20 while Clinton won Protestants 56-39 and Roman Catholics 54-42.

Obama performed extremely well throughout the state of Mississippi and won over half of its counties. He performed best in the more rural parts of the state, especially in the Mississippi River Delta counties that are majority-black as well as Hinds County, which contains the state capital and largest city of Jackson and its suburbs which went largely for Obama. He also performed extremely well in Central Mississippi and Southern Mississippi, although the latter to a lesser extent. Clinton performed extremely well in rural counties that are predominantly white and politically conservative, especially in Northern Mississippi and Southern Mississippi along the Gulf Coast with the exceptions of the larger cities of Biloxi and Hattiesburg.

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