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banner Friday, 7 January, 2000, 17:49 GMT
Mississippi

Republicans dominate Mississippi's Congress but Democrats control the state legislature. The successful presidential candidate will need to win support on the issues of crime and education.

Key facts
Population: 2,716,115 (ranked 31 among states)
Governor: Ronnie Musgrove (D)
Electoral College votes: 7
In many minds, Mississippi is synonymous with segregation. As the rest of the USA edged towards racial equality in the 1960s, Mississippi clung to its prejudices.

When Congress began to pass civil rights legislation, the white electorate rallied to resist. Republican Barry Goldwater got 87% of the vote in 1964 while populist George Wallace received 63% in 1968.

1998 Congress
House of Representatives: 3 Democrats, 2 Republicans
Senate: 2 Republicans
Modern Mississippi is freeing itself from its racially divided history but is still one of the poorest states in the USA. A fifth of the population is living in poverty while health, education and literacy levels are the lowest in the country.

The state became wealthy from cotton and slaves but the economy was devastated during the Civil War and after, stunting its growth and consigning it to poverty.

Voting record
1996: Dole 49%, Clinton 44%
1992: Bush 50%, Clinton 41%
1988: Bush 60%, Dukakis 39%
In the 1940s the state's economy was grounded in low-wage sharecropper agriculture underpinned by a system of violent racism, a state distinctly apart from the rest of the United States. Now the state hopes to make money through the rise of gambling and casinos.

Republicans used to benefit from Mississippi's racial polarity but the increasing competitiveness of the state shows that race is no longer the issue that defines the state's politics.

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