JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Tuesday, March 1, is Super Tuesday when 12 states will decide who they support for President. A strong performance is critical for some candidates and many of them have opened campaign offices in Mississippi ahead of next week’s primary election.
Donald Trump’s campaign office is located on I-55 North frontage road in Jackson. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders camp is near High Street.
Millsaps College Political Scientist Dr. Nathan Shrader says the offices are opening because every state and every vote will count as Republicans and Democrats select a Presidential nominee. Shrader says Super Tuesday could be a hard fought battle, he says, “It looks like if your name is not Trump or Clinton, it’s going to be a rough day for you tomorrow.”
Twelve states and one territory will hold either primary elections or caucuses Tuesday. On the Republican side are Donald Trump, Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Ted Cruz, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson. On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will face off against Sanders.
Clinton supporters made phone calls this afternoon at an office on Tombigbee Street. State Coordinator Rosalind Rawls says, “Basically the support in the states were going to be hitting, Hillary Clinton is very strong in those areas. We’re just very excited about the outcome so we can keep the ball rolling come our primary on March the 8th.”
Shrader says, “The Republicans seem to be solidifying behind Donald Trump. The Democrats seem to be solidifying behind Hillary Clinton at least in those places.”
According to Shrader, Trump is gaining delegate votes and may win several states Tuesday. Trump needs 50% plus one to get the Republican nomination.
Nearly 30 Black Lives Matter protesters appeared at a rally for Trump Monday. The protesters, chanting “No more hate!” were led out of the building by local law enforcement. The rally also had a photographer getting into an altercation with a secret service agent.
Shrader says, “If Trump comes out tomorrow winning say 11 out of 12, or 10 out of 12, with Texas being one of the outliers, I think it’s going to be very difficult for Republicans as the field stands now to really stop him.”