Mississippi not a two-party state, professor says

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Democrats hold 3 of the four U.S. House seats in Mississippi, but experts say the party is having trouble appealing to a broad range of voters statewide.

Political scientists Marty Wiseman of Mississippi State University and Mary Coleman of Jackson State University spoke Monday at a luncheon in Jackson.

Coleman said Mississippi lacks a healthy two-party system because Democrats are doing too little to appeal to young people.

Wiseman said Democratic Party leaders should be concerned about the loss of Democrat Ronnie Musgrove to Republican Roger Wicker in a U.S. Senate race last month.

Wiseman said Democrats need to recruit candidates who can attract the traditional base of black voters while also appealing to whites.

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