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Chokwe Lumumba's close race in Mississippi: Colorlines Editor Bob Wing on why it matters
by KPFA Evening News, Ann Garrison, 05.18.2013
Monday May 20th, 2013 7:03 AM
The Jackson, Mississippi press is reporting "crunch time" in a close mayor's race. Jackson’s population is majority Black and Democratic, so Tuesday’s Democratic primary run-off, between Black Democrat Chokwe Lumumba and Black Democrat Jonathan Lee, will effectively determine who the city’s next mayor will be. The Jackson Free Press reports, however, that donors to the Jonathan Lee campaign have also given $1.2 million to federal Republican campaigns since 2008. Second District Mississippi Congressman Bernie Thompson has endorsed and campaigned with Lumumba, whom he calls "the real Democrat" in the race. ColorLines Founding Editor Bob Wing spoke to KPFA from Jackson about why this race matters.
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In the City of Jackson, which is majority Black and Democratic, Chokwe Lumumba's opponent has accused him of not being an "Obama Democrat."  Lumumba responds that he and his supporters all voted for Obama but that he is a Fannie Lou Hammer Democrat.

Transcript available on the San Francisco Bay View: http://sfbayview.com/2013/chokwe-lumumbas-close-race-the-christian-brother-with-an-african-name-could-be-the-next-mayor-of-jackson-miss/.