Students lucky enough to snag tickets can't wait for big day

OXFORD, MS (WMC-TV) - The stage is set for a Friday night showdown. And in 150 of the seats, students will sit.

Cory Williamson is a law student from Water Valley, Mississippi.

"I'm a Republican. But in this one, I haven't made up my mind quite yet," Williamson said.

He won a ticket to the debate by winning a political trivia contest. And looks forward to the battle of wits between Barack Obama and John McCain.

"I realize what a great opportunity this is to hear them speak in person," Williamson said.

Taylor McGraw may have his mind made up, but still looks forward to the debate.

"You know, this is the biggest event I've ever been to or been a part of," McGraw said.

The freshman may not have much clout on campus, but he managed to score not one, but two tickets.

"My name got pulled in one of the lotteries and I also entered the Daily Mississippian proposal contest and won that and got a ticket that way too," McGraw said.

Both McGraw and Williamson consider themselves lucky.

Being a part of political history and a major milestone for their university.         
The tickets will not be handed out until tomorrow. Students who did not win seats will gather in the Grove a couple of blocks from Ford Center.

There's an all-day concert tomorrow followed by a viewing party.

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