A GUIDE TO THE CONGRESSIONAL RACES: MISSISSIPPI

MISSISSIPPI

Population (1994): 2,689,000 (up 3.6%); 1% of U.S. total

Voting-age population: 1,905,000; 1994 turnout, 32%

Median age: 31.2 years.

Median household income: $20,136 ($12,128 below U.S. median)

Unemployment: 5.9% (0.3% above national average, March 1996)

Last presidential election: Clinton (D): 41% Bush (R): 50% Perot (I): 9%

Congressional delegation: Three Democrats, four Republicans

Mississippi--home of the blues...but things are getting better. And not the least for Republicans--Senator Trent Lott is Senate Majority Leader, Senator Thad Cochran heads two Senate agriculture committees--and farming is key in Mississippi--Haley Barbour is G.O.P. chairman, and Representative Roger Wicker was the first president of the...

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