-- Mississippi holds its Democratic and Republican primaries on March 8, 2016. 41 delegates are at stake for the Democrats and 40 delegates for the Republicans.
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Why the state is significant:
The Magnolia State has voted Republican since 1972, the only exception was in 1976, when Mississippians voted for Democrat, Jimmy Carter who eventually won the general election.
Before becoming a red state, Mississippians largely voted Democrat from 1876 to 1968.
In 2008, Republican presidential nominee John McCain earned 88 percent of the white vote and Democrat, Barack Obama won 98 percent of the black vote.
Black voter turnout increased in the Magnolia State from 33 percent in 2008 to 36 percent in 2012.