Mississippi's role in picking presidential nominees

Mississippi's role in picking presidential nominees

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - As the dust settles on the presidential primary in Mississippi, we spoke with a political consultant to get his take on where the state fits in the race for the White House.

Howie Morgan lives in Gulfport, but he works on campaigns across the nation, and Mississippians voted the way he expected on Tuesday.

"It is not surprising to me," said Morgan. "Donald Trump has a lot of people who are upset and looking for someone to capture their enthusiasm and take it to the Republican establishment. On the Democrat side, Hillary has a fantastic, strong relationship with African American voters. This state is dominated by that."

For the first time in several years, Mississippi was a coveted prize for the candidates in the primary, which led to visits from Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich. Morgan believes that attention could mean good things for the Magnolia State.

"You want to talk to the candidates," said Morgan. "The candidates need to hear from you, and because we are now relevant to their spirit of thinking, their election, they came here and they listened to us."

Trump entered Tuesday with 384 of the 1,237 delegates needed to claim the Republican nomination. Even with the results, Morgan thinks the Republican race could still be a long way from being decided.

"Right now he (Trump) is barely on track to getting those numbers that he needs to take out the election without having a big contentious fight on the floor of the convention," said Morgan. "But, it all depends on what happens in Florida, Illinois and Ohio, so we'll see in the next week."

The Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio primaries will be held on March 15.

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