REPUBLICAN STRONGHOLD. BUT … THAT DIDN’T STOP DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFULL ELIZABETH WARREN … FROM VISITING MEMPHIS OVER THE WEEKEND. SHE’S CONTINUING HER SWING THROUGH THE SOUTH TODAY IN If only for a few hours, presidential politics became a Sunday topic of discussion in Memphis. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren brought her campaign for the Democratic nomination to the Bluff City – and thus became the first announced candidate to initiate a serious southern push for support. Her Memphis visit included a sit down with community advocates to discuss affordable housing – and a meeting with a much larger audience at Douglass High School. This evening, Warren is in Jackson, Mississippi, for a televised town hall meeting – before heading to Birmingham tomorrow. So what’s going on here? Particularly since Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama have been solid republican states in presidential elections for some two decades. The answer is holding presidential primaries next March 3rd. With Mississippi’s primary the following week. Warren’s goal is to be competitive in democratic strongholds within Red Southern states. Which is why she is talking about affordable housing, early childhood education, protecting voting rights and putting more tax question is, will the enthusiasm that greeted her on Sunday – last or fade. And that’s my point of view. I’m Otis Sanford, for Local 24 News.