Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 14th, 2008 4:40 am by HL
Democrats Pick Up MS-1
Democrats “appeared to regain control of north Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District” as Travis Childers (D) beat Greg Davis (R) in their special election runoff, the Clarion Ledger reports.
Childers victory means he will serve the final months of a term vacated by Roger Wicker. Wicker, a Republican, was appointed to the U.S. Senate after former Sen. Trent Lott resigned in December.
Democrats now have a 37 seat majority in the House of Representatives.
Democrats Look to Take MS-1
Democrats and Republicans “may be more focused on Mississippi tonight than on the West Virginia presidential primary,” CQ Politics reports. “After all, the primary’s outcome is already predicted, while the outcome of the Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District special election is much less certain.”
If Travis W. Childers (D) beats Greg Davis (R), “he would be the third Democrat in recent weeks to take over a Republican-held seat” in a special election.
Interestingly, the New York Times notes Republicans “in this mostly white and very conservative district are trying to make the vote more a referendum on Senator Barack Obama than on the candidates themselves.”
CQ has a good backgrounder on the MS-1 district.