Election Reveals Deep Divisions in the Magnolia State

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Mississippi is divided over the state of the nation. 52 percent of voters who cast ballots on Tuesday say the country is on the right track and 46 percent think it’s headed in the wrong direction. A nationwide survey of 138,000 people by the University of Chicago included almost 4000 voters and non-voters in Mississippi and found that whites and people 45 and over favored Cindy Hyde-Smith and Roger Wicker while black voters and those under 45 supported Mike Espy. Democrat David Baria was also preferred by black voters. Mississippians surveyed consider immigration, the economy and healthcare to be significant issues and 56 percent approve of the job Donald Trump is doing as president. 71 percent of registered voters in the state who did not to vote in the midterm election were younger than 45, and 88 percent of non-voters do not have a college degree. Nearly twice as many Republicans did not vote compared to non-voting Democrats.


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