Campaigns Pull All Nighters

It was part rally, part revival at the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Biloxi. The "Get Out the Vote Rally" was sponsored by the Biloxi N.A.A.C.P.

Concerned citizens were focused on the importance of the 2004 election, the candidates, and the amendments and referendums on this year's ballot.

"I think people are really fired up about this election. There are a lot of people who are disenchanted about our present President, and there are some who are excited about a new President coming in with new ideas,"says Biloxi NAACP President James Crowell.

NAACP Community Relations Coordinator Vernon Mangum says the implications of this election huge.

"No doubt about that, because there are going to be several appointees to the Supreme Court, so that in itself is huge," says Mangum.

The excitement level was also high at Harrison County Republican Party Headquarters on election eve. Lin Floyd who serves as field coordinator for the Mike Lott campaign says he and many other volunteers will likely see very little rest until the votes are tallied.

"Actually, there will be a group of us here tonight working all night just to tie up loose ends to make sure that we've got everything done that we need to get done leading up to the opening of the polls in the morning, especially dealing with ballot security, poll watchers, people that we have trained to go in and just make sure that, if nothing else, we make sure that we turn our voters out," said Floyd.