Senate candidates get in last minute campaigning

By Elise Roberts - bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Senator Roger Wicker and former Governor Ronnie Musgrove are making their final pitches to win the U.S. Senate seat. Both candidates canvassed the state Monday making a city-to-city dash to get Mississippians to the polls.

"It's been a great effort so far, but none of that matters if people don't get out to the polls to vote," said Senator Roger Wicker.

The candidates are vying for the seat left open by former U.S. Senator Trent Lott.

Wicker was appointed by Governor Haley Barbour to fill the seat. And he's convinced that his conservative values will help him pull out a win.

"I think I know Mississippi pretty well, and I know they want a mainstream conservative who is pro-life, who is pro-2nd amendment, who wants to lower tax rates and that's what they will get in Senator Roger Wicker," Wicker said.

Former Governor Ronnie Musgrove sees things a bit differently.

"They want someone who will go to Washington and stand up and fight for Mississippians, not insiders and not the special interests," Musgrove said.

Voters are energized about Tuesday's election.

"It's been 180 something thousand people that have registered in the state of Mississippi, and we want to do everything we can to get them out to vote," said Hancock County resident Louis Fuchs.

They say no matter what the outcome of the election, they hope to gain positive representation in hopes of improving the economy.

"The past eight years have not been kind to anybody. Everybody is struggling with the economy. Everybody is hurting with the economy. And now they realize that who we elect has the strength. It's not to pass policy, but they do have strength to convey a message to America and to Mississippi," said Gulfport resident Anissa Pace.

Both senatorial candidates will vote first thing Tuesday morning before continuing on the campaign trail.

The winner of Tuesday's special election will serve the remaining four years of Trent Lott's six-year term.