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Childers in 'Seismic' Mississippi Win as Red District Goes Blue


A bellwether for November?

A stunning win for Democrat Travis Childers in the 1st congressional district in Mississippi, where Cheney and Huckabee campaigned for Republican Greg Davis.

AP: "It happened again Tuesday, as Travis Childers beat Greg Davis in a special election to replace Republican Roger Wicker, who served in the House since 1994 and was appointed to the U.S. Senate to fill the seat vacated by Trent Lott. Childers' win will give him the chance over the next several months left in the seat's two-year term to build a fundraising and publicity advantage as he heads into November's general election. He will again face Davis, as well as two other opponents. Childers' win gave Democrats a 236-199 edge over Republicans in Congress."

Said Mike Huckabee: "The Republican brand is badly damaged..."

Added Chris Matthews: "It's like the Democrats losing in Brooklyn..."

Watch the analysis by Olbermann, Russert, Matthews, and Huckabee, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Hey guy!!
    Mississippi is MS - Michigan is MI!


    Posted by: Brian Biddle | May 14, 2008 8:58:11 AM

  2. This is great news for dems 08

    This is the 3rd special election in a strongly red repub area that went dem.

    We are going to get a landslide in down ticket positions across the country.

    Though this guy is socialy conservitive for a dem

    YEEEEHHHAAAA bye bye repubs bye bye log cabinites. The american people are going to banish you to the wilderness.

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | May 14, 2008 9:10:52 AM

  3. Oh Jimmy, I hope you are right. 7 years of misery, please, this country can't take another neo-con term. Why can't the government work for the people, instead of against them?

    Posted by: davefromtampa | May 14, 2008 9:50:52 AM

  4. This is wonderful news. Willaim Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Richard Wright, Tennessee Williams & Zeke are all pleased. Maybe Elvis too.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | May 14, 2008 10:20:29 AM

  5. Yep DERRICK, I'm THRILLED TO BITS! Elvis too!

    This was my district back in the day. I lived just south of the Republican candidate's home of Southaven in the northwest corner of the state.

    I don't think people realize just HOW big a deal this really is. Believe it or not DeSoto County Mississippi is a very wealthy and affluent county because it's a ritzy subburb of Memphis. It is VERY Republican. The other part of the district in northeast Mississippi has more registered Democrats but they are very rural, low income and very conservative (Dixiecrats) that are just as likely, if not more likely, to vote Republican than Democratic. This is why the Republicans ran the Jeremiah Wright/Nancy Pelosi ad over and over throughout the campaign. Well, it didn't work and that's got the Republicans scared sh*tless because if it didn't work in THIS district then it won't work anywhere.

    I can't wait to call my rabidly Republican parents to do a bit of good natured ribbing. Lord knows I'm due after the years of abuse I've taken from them when the Democrats couldn't win a seat as dog catcher anywhere in the state or country.


    Posted by: Zeke | May 14, 2008 10:50:16 AM

  6. The Democrats already control Congress. Does Childers support gay rights?

    Posted by: anon | May 14, 2008 11:18:21 AM

  7. anyone know his stance on gay issues?

    Posted by: queerunity | May 14, 2008 11:47:02 AM

  8. Unfortunately Childers is a Dixiecrat who is VERY conservative on social issues. He will be a lot like Gene Taylor, another of Mississippi's Dixiecratic Representatives.

    I have no doubt that Childers will be no friend to the gay community as a Representative but his election is still important because: it increases the Democratic caucus; it drained the Republican coffers that would have been used to elect anti-gay Republicans over pro-gay Democrats in other districts; it deflated the Republican Party and showed that the race baiting, Wright exploiting, "liberal" labling tactics that the Republicans were counting on (and some Clinton supporters claim will kill Obama) in November didn't even work in this district where those tactics would be likely to be most effective.

    DaveNYC at theDailyKos makes the following observations of why this is such a big deal:

    - This district has a PVI of R+10. It voted for Bush 62-37 in the last election. Only seven Democrats sit in comparably red seats - and not a single Republican sits in a seat as blue as this one is red. And almost every major prognosticator (at least at the start) treated this as a safe seat.

    - The GOP had a perfectly serviceable candidate in Greg Davis - a standard wingnut with none of the baggage of Woody Jenkins in LA-06 or Jim Oberweis in IL-14.

    - The NRCC spent $1.3 million on this race. Freedom's Crotch spent at least $400K more - and used illegal tactics to boot. And of course Davis himself raised over a million.

    - They sent in Mike Huckabee, Thad Cochran, Trent Lott, Haley Barbour, and Roger Wicker.

    - And when that wasn't enough, Darth Cheney came to town, to stump and raise money.

    - The GOP played up Obama/Pelosi/"librul" fear-mongering to the hilt. They were shameless in exploiting whatever racial angle they thought would work.

    So even though the gay community is not gaining an ally in Washington, in my opinion, the overall net for the coutry and for gay people is positive.

    Posted by: Zeke | May 14, 2008 12:06:44 PM

  9. ZEKE, I had an idea that he may be a Conservative Democrat (as many southern Democrats are), but it still says something about the mood of the country. Also, it gives Pelosi and Frank more power in the House. He's not going to actively go against the leadership of the Democratic Party as a Republican would.

    I'm still glad to see a Democrat elected in Mississippi (If I'd said that 40 years ago, I'd be sitting in some Home for Mentally Ill Coloreds).

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | May 14, 2008 12:32:09 PM

  10. Derrick and Zeke, As usual, you two are the voices of sanity, insight, and good humor whenever Towleroad turns political. The interim election results portend hard times for the Repubs in the upcoming presidential election. Their gay- and race-baiting tactics are no longer successful. Hallelujah!

    Posted by: rudy | May 14, 2008 12:47:38 PM

  11. Zeke

    Toss in that the repubs went gung ho with the whole affiliated with the scary muslim black guy Obama thing which didn't stick. If it didn't stick there then it won't stick anywhere

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | May 14, 2008 1:12:06 PM

  12. Oh

    and Obama did campaign for the guy directly.


    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | May 14, 2008 1:14:16 PM

  13. So when he vote for the FMA or DOMA you'll all be cheering?? This was a Hobson's choice election for gays. Pelosi is already Speaker and Frank already committee chairman. Would he support Frank's bill from last year?

    Posted by: anon | May 15, 2008 12:11:46 AM

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