Joe Biden at MLK Day Breakfast
Former Vice President Joe Biden at the National Action Network Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast, where AFGE National Secretary-Treasurer Everett Kelley received a labor leader award. (Photo: AFGE, reproduced under a Creative Commons license)

Joe Biden appears set to con­tin­ue his win­ning streak in the South.

Just after 5 PM Pacific/8 PM East­ern, news net­works (includ­ing CNN and NBC News) pro­ject­ed that Biden would win the Mis­sis­sip­pi Demo­c­ra­t­ic primary.

Mis­souri and North Dako­ta, mean­while, were clas­si­fied as Too Ear­ly To Call.

“This Pres­i­den­tial Pri­ma­ry coin­cides with a state/local pri­ma­ry,” the Green Papers notes. “These coin­cid­ing pri­maries tend to have an impact upon vot­er turnout.”

“Par­tic­i­pa­tion in Mis­sis­sip­pi’s del­e­gate selec­tion process is open to only qual­i­fied elec­tors who sup­port the prin­ci­ples and val­ues estab­lished and set forth by the Demo­c­ra­t­ic par­ty plat­form. Because par­ty reg­is­tra­tion is not allowed in Mis­sis­sip­pi, qual­i­fied elec­tors must acknowl­edge that they are Democ­rats through sig­na­ture, begin­ning at the precinct lev­el caucuses.”

“Thir­ty-six of forty-one del­e­gates to the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Nation­al Con­ven­tion are allo­cat­ed to pres­i­den­tial con­tenders based on the results of the vot­ing in today’s Mis­sis­sip­pi Pres­i­den­tial Pri­ma­ry. A manda­to­ry fif­teen per­cent thresh­old is required in order for a pres­i­den­tial con­tender to be allo­cat­ed Nation­al Con­ven­tion del­e­gates at either the con­gres­sion­al dis­trict or statewide level.”

Most par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Mis­sis­sip­pi Demo­c­ra­t­ic pres­i­den­tial pri­ma­ry was by vot­ers par­tic­i­pat­ing in per­son at polling places.

“As of 7:30 AM today, 24,295 Mis­sis­sip­pi­ans request­ed absen­tee bal­lots for the March 10th Pri­ma­ry Elec­tion, and 21,392 absen­tee bal­lots have been returned to Cir­cuit Clerks’ Offices,” state elec­tions offi­cials announced.

“We are excit­ed to see the increase in absen­tee vot­ing and hope those num­bers equate to a large turnout at the polls today,” said Sec­re­tary Michael Wat­son. “We’re encour­ag­ing all Mis­sis­sip­pi­ans to exer­cise their right to vote today.”

The news release went on to note:

“Cur­rent­ly, Mis­sis­sip­pi has 1,920,958 active reg­is­tered vot­ers, which is about 4% high­er than the num­ber of active vot­ers for the 2016 Pres­i­den­tial Pri­ma­ry Elec­tions (1,848,450). In the 2016 Pres­i­den­tial Pri­ma­ry Elec­tions, 20,842 absen­tee bal­lots were request­ed, with 18,467 absen­tee bal­lots returned.”

“The num­ber of absen­tee votes cast in 2016 Repub­li­can Pri­ma­ry Elec­tion totaled 11,546, and the num­ber of votes cast in the 2016 Demo­c­ra­t­ic Pri­ma­ry Elec­tion totaled 6,921, for a grand total of 18,467 absen­tee votes cast.”

Oth­er states hold­ing nom­i­nat­ing events today include Michi­gan, Democ­rats Abroad, and Wash­ing­ton and Ida­ho here in the Pacif­ic Northwest.

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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