Presidential choice tops ballot for Mississippi voters

Associated Press

mississippi-redJACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi voters are making their choice for president Tuesday, with Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton seeking the state’s six electoral votes.

The state last backed a Democrat for president in 1976, voting Republican in every election since.

Mississippi’s GOP officials are heavily supporting Trump. The billionaire businessman campaigned three times in the state, including a rare general-election visit tied to a Jackson fundraiser in August. He won just short of half the votes in Mississippi’s Republican primary in March.

Clinton hasn’t campaigned in the state, but won more than 80 percent of the votes in Mississippi’s Democratic primary.

In 2012, nearly 1.3 million Mississippians voted for president.

Magnolia State voters will also vote in U.S. House races and nonpartisan state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals races.

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