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Mississipians head to the polls

RESULTS SO FAR:

There are no results to report as yet. Polls close at 7 p.m.

President Dem - Primary  

      Hillary Clinton 

      Barack Obama

President GOP - Primary  

      John McCain

U.S. Senate Dem - Primary

      Erik Fleming 

      Shawn O'Hara      

U.S. House District 1 Dem - Primary

      Brian H. Neely 

      Steve Holland 

      Marshall Coleman 

      Travis Childers 

      Ken Hurt      

U.S. House District 1 GOP - Primary

      Glenn McCullough 

      Randy Russel

      Greg Davis      

U.S. House District 3 Dem - Primary

      Randy Eads 

      Joel Gill

U.S. House District 3 GOP - Primary

      John Rounsaville 

      Charlie Ross

      David Landrum

      Bill Marcy

      Gregory Hatcher

      Gregg Harper

      James Broadwater

ELECTION COVERAGE:

Early voter turnout today is a mixed bag in. Voting appears heaviest in areas offering both presidential and congressional primaries.

In some areas, circuit clerks' offices say morning rain may have slowed early voters. Rain was reported from areas of north Mississippi to the Gulf Coast.

In Lowndes County, Circuit Clerk Haley Salazar says there appeared to be good early participation at the polls despite wet conditions.

Lowndes County is voting in the 1st District congressional primary.

Yesterday, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann predicted a light to moderate turnout of voters.

Besides the presidential primary, which has focused national attention on the state, Mississippians are voting on two rare open congressional seats.

Polls opened at 7 a.m. and will close at 7 p.m.

Mississippi Democrats are deciding the last in a series of presidential contests between Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Next up, the two rivals settle in for a six-week battle to win Pennsylvania.

Mississippi's large black electorate in today's voting makes it fertile ground for Obama, who has swept the other Deep South states and has pulled huge margins among black voters.

Clinton campaigned in Mississippi last week, but by yesterday was in Pennsylvania, where the primary is April 22.

Obama, making a final stop this morning in Greenville before flying to Pennsylvania, noted that the Mississippi Delta area is struggling economically.

He told a small gathering at Buck's restaurant that not as much opportunity has he'd like has come to the area.

He says 1 of the challenges for the next president is making sure that all -- not just some -- communities are served.

Mississippi has 33 Democratic delegates at stake today.

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