GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump told the crowd in Biloxi, "I'll be the greatest jobs president that God ever sent to this planet." (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -
Donald Trump received national media attention with his rousing rally in Biloxi. With the 2016 presidential campaign in full swing and the contests on both the Republican and Democratic sides so competitive, the Mississippi primary on March 8 could matter.
Political analyst Dr. Pat Smith thinks Mississippi can expect more candidates to visit, especially on the GOP side, considering how the primary system works.
"Mississippi is a proportional primary, which means if you get 15 percent of the vote, you get some delegates. They'll all be here harvesting delegates ahead of March 15 when most of the Republican primaries are winner take all," Smith said.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich has already been in the state, as has Sen. Ted Cruz. The capital city, north Mississippi and the Coast all attract political attention.
"Generally, there are three places with the heaviest turnout. That would be the Coast, Jackson and Desoto County. They'll all go to the Coast and Jackson," according to Smith.
As for the Democrats, Smith expects Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders to spend time and effort in Mississippi in advance of our March 8 primary.
"There are votes here. It won't be over on the Democratic side until possibly the California primary. Sanders is pulling about 40 percent. It'll be hard for Hillary to close the deal down the line," said Smith.
While experts predict visits by most candidates, few think any will hold an event as large as Donald Trump did in South Mississippi.