MISSISSIPPI: The Los Angeles Times looks at Clinton's attempts to get aggressive with Obama, and how that could hurt her with blacks. "Clinton's newfound pugnacity may have helped her win primary contests last week in Texas, Ohio and Rhode Island, but as a long-term strategy it carries an inherent risk: By aggressively attacking Obama, who is so widely embraced by the black electorate, Clinton could deplete her own deep reservoir of popularity among African American voters -- a key source of her strength as a national political figure."
More: "A number of voters here said they strongly favored seeing Clinton and Obama team up on the Democratic ticket in November, regardless of who gets the nomination for the top spot. State Rep. Earle S. Banks, an African American who supports Obama, said the Illinois senator's presence on the ticket could spur dramatic increases in black turnout. And that, he said, potentially could put Mississippi in the Democratic column for the first time since 1976, when it went to Jimmy Carter."
The Jackson Clarion-Ledger wonders if Mississippi goes blue this year. "What did these three things have in common in 1976: gasoline prices, recession fears and the Mississippi Democratic Party? Answer: They all were soaring. And 2008 is beginning to look a little like '76 -- especially when it comes to Mississippians' passion in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination."
PENNSYLVANIA: The Philadelphia Inquirer: "But Obama's campaign saw the limits of that [black] support in last week's losses in Ohio and Texas, which kept Clinton's campaign alive. And the role black voters will play in the next big contest, Pennsylvania's April 22 primary, is unclear. Some analysts think it's possible Obama's heavy black support is nudging some working-class whites into Clinton's camp. If true, it could be an important factor in a contest that remains tight after a year of campaigning."