Mitt Romney of Massachusetts took his presidential campaign to the difficult terrain of the South on Thursday, calling on a crowd in Pascagoula to back him as the strongest candidate to face President Obama.
“I do not want President Obama’s liberal vision imposed on the American people; I want to restore the principles of freedom that made us the hope of the earth,” Romney said. “You guys are great. We’ve got some work to do. I need your vote! I need your vote!”

Romney is looking to pick up some of Mississippi’s 40 delegates even if the state’s popular vote is out of his grasp. To that end, his team pulled together the rally overlooking oil rigs at the Port of Pascagoula in less than 24 hours — drawing a sparse crowd for a rally where Romney was endorsed by Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant.