Dems Pick Up 3rd Repub Special Election Seat In As Many Contests

Dems Pick Up 3rd Repub Special Election Seat In As Many Contests


I haven’t followed this race, but this is the 3rd one in a row and could signal a big shift come November. Because this was in a district that voted 62% for Bush in 2004.

From The Hill:

Democrat Travis Childers won Tuesday’s Mississippi special election runoff for Sen. Roger Wicker’s (R) House seat, handing Democrats the biggest of their three special election victories this cycle and sending a listless GOP further into a state of disarray.

Childers, who beat GOP candidate Greg Davis 49-46 three weeks ago but came up just shy of a race-ending majority, joins new Democratic Reps. Bill Foster (Ill.) and Don Cazayoux (La.) to give Democrats a trifecta of upsets in conservative House districts.

The loss could send shockwaves through the Republican Party, where murmurs about a leadership shakeup have become more and more audible.

Democrats are backing up the assertion that they remain on the offensive in the cycle following a 30-seat gain, which has historically not been the case after a wave election.

Again, this is a very conservative district…in Mississippi. The significance of that can’t be understated. The country is definitely looking for change and any Republican that doesn’t understand that will probably find it very hard to win this fall.

  • TheMiddle

    I know Repubs think they can win over Obama in the by constantly hitting him with Wright and his “far-left” stances in the senate. To that effect, they tried to hang Obama around Childress’ neck, using commercials like this one;

    But if they can’t kick a nobody like Childress in what is a completely Red district, using the same strategy they plan to employ against Obama – how in God’s name is it supposed to work against the man himself???

    I mean, that commercial was about as damning as could be made, and still Childress won. Yikes.

  • bubbles

    This is easily the best chance for Dems to make congressional gains since 1932. I’d say their chances at the presidency are good, but their chances at getting significant majorities in the House in Senate are better… it’s too early to say for sure, but if I had to make a prediction I’d bet that the 111th Congress will have the largest congressional majorities in a very long time.