Mississippi Primary Brings Democrats To The Polls

GULFPORT (WLOX) -- One news network has dubbed Tuesday's Mississippi primary "The Battle on the Bayou." It's Hillary Clinton versus Barack Obama. At stake are 33 democratic delegates. Not a lot -- but enough to make Mississippi an important component in the democrats efforts to win back the White House.

The Clinton/Obama race is one of the reasons more than 6,000 Harrison County residents registered to vote in Tuesday's primary. It's the reason Gloria Quave showed up at the D'Iberville Civic Center. Quave hadn't voted in awhile. But she made it a point to vote on Tuesday, "Because I wanted to vote for Clinton."

Never before had a woman and an African American man been the featured attractions on a presidential primary ballot.

For Lynn Boston, the 2008 democratic primary was historic for two reasons. The candidates were reason one.

"That's a hard decision there, because I like Hillary, and I think she knows what's going on. But I still have to go with Obama," she said.

Reason two was right behind her. Boston's 18-year-old daughter flew home from college to participate in her first election. Brittney Boston attends Wesleyan College in Macon, GA.

"To me, it didn't matter which one was a woman or African American. I just wanted to vote on their policies," the teenage voter said.

Sonny Provost simply wanted to vote. She wouldn't let knee surgery keep her away from the North Bel Aire polling place.

"It's very important," Provost said, as she used a cane to limp out of the precinct. "And I wanted to teach my children how important it was."

Inside the North Bel Aire precinct, a poll worker named Sam welcomed every voters with a smile.

"The first table is the republican table," he told voters.

Yes, some republicans participated in Mississippi's primary, even though John McCain already had enough delegates to become the GOP nominee. Tom Barnes knew his vote had little bearing on the presidential race, "but we try to exercise our privilege to vote," he said.

Most of the exercising on Tuesday was at the democrats table. Because this primary had Clinton versus Obama, Mississippi democrats handed out a lot more ballots than their GOP counterparts.

Brittney Boston was proud to cast a ballot in an election that had so much significance.

"You have to show your support for the candidate you want," she said.

Her mom was excited to watch the next generation of Boston family members participate in a presidential primary.

"It's very important, because either way, it's going to go down in history," Mrs. Boston said. "I think it's very exciting to find out which one wins."