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Obama campaigns in Jackson

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama made a brief stop at a Jackson, Mississippi, soul food restaurant last night.

He grabbed a to-go order of peach cobbler before being whisked off to a fundraising event.

About 35 people packed the black leather booths and bar stools beneath the pictures of Martin Luther King Junior and Bob Marley.

Obama spent about 15 minutes shaking hands and greeting people. At one point, the candidate belted out a few bars of the blues standard "Misty Blue" with Dorothy Moore, the Jackson singer who made the tune famous in the 1970s.

This is at least the second time in the past few years that the Illinois senator has appeared in Mississippi.

The state has gone Republican in every election since 1980, but Obama told reporters yesterday that Democrats shouldn't give up on the South.

A spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, Amber Wilkerson, said she doesn't see Obama turning the Democrats' fortunes in Mississippi, in the presidential race.

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