Strong Early Turnout in Mississippi

    Democrat Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree,, who is running for governor,  addresses business leaders at the Mississippi Economic Council's Hobnob Mississippi gathering in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011. For many of the candidates for statewide offices the event provides the final appearance before one of the greatest number of business and community leaders from throughout the state. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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    Mississippi polls are seeing significant early turnout Tuesday, as many citizens gather to exercise their vote over the controversial Initiative 26, also known as “the Personhood amendment.” Initiative 26 aims to legally define the beginning of life as conception, which would interfere with abortion, certain forms of birth control, and, in some cases, in vitro fertilization. The vote’s controversy helped draw voters in, and early polls indicate it will pass despite that clergy and other church officials are divided over it—with even some pro-life groups calling it “too extreme.”

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