Mississippi holding presidential and House primaries Tuesday
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi holds its presidential and congressional primaries Tuesday, and the state will award 40 Republican and 41 Democratic delegates.
Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and voters must have a driver’s license or another form of government-issued photo identification to vote.
Because ballots were set weeks ago, they still contain names of candidates who have dropped out of the race for the White House.
Republicans Donald Trump and Ted Cruz campaigned in Mississippi on Monday, and John Kasich was in the state last week. Marco Rubio has not personally campaigned in the state, but like other candidates he is promoting local endorsements.
Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders concentrated on Michigan, which also has primaries Tuesday. Former President Bill Clinton campaigned for his wife last week in Jackson.
Several thousand people turned out to see Trump’s Monday evening appearance at Madison Central High School. After the gymnasium was full, an overflow crowd sat in the football stadium and watched his speech on the scoreboard.
“We have to fix our country. We have to get rid of our debt. We have to, at a minimum, get the debt way down,” Trump said. “We have to balance our budgets. We have to build up our military.”
Cruz spoke to more than 200 people at a catfish restaurant Monday afternoon in Florence, standing on a table in a room with “Andy Griffith Show” wallpaper. He took a swipe at Trump’s campaign slogan.
“Now, it is easy to talk about making America great again. You can even print that on a baseball cap,” Cruz said. “But the real question is, do you understand the principles and values that made America great in the first place?”
Republican Gov. Phil Bryant endorsed Cruz in a news release Monday but did not appear at the campaign event.