HT to Politico.com
The Democrats are now 4-for-4 in taking special elections in “safe” Republican strongholds.Ã‚Â Tonight, Northern Mississippi has gone BLUE.
Childers wins Miss. special election
Democrats picked up a northern Mississippi House seat in one of the most conservative-minded districts in the country Tuesday night — an upsetÃ‚Â that will reverberate darkly through a House Republican caucus already reeling from losses in special elections in Illinois and Louisiana.
With 434 of 462 precincts reporting, the Democratic nominee, Prentiss County Chancery Clerk Travis Childers, leads Republican Greg Davis, 53 to 47 percent.Ã‚Â The Associated Press has called the race for Childers.
The victory marks the Democrats’ third straight special election pickup in three months. It will be a serious blow to the Republican Party’s already-flagging morale and will surely prompt a new round of finger-pointing among the already fractured GOP caucus.
“This loss is going to prompt serious introspection by our conference to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it,” said a GOP leadership aide. “We have time to do that, and we will if we learn our lessons leading into November. But the next couple of days are not going to be pretty.”
My favorite part of the story:
The $1.27 million that the NRCC spent in the heavily Republican district amounted to nearly 20 percent of the committee’s entire cash-on-hand. The committee has now spent more than $3 million to defend three conservative House seats, losing all three of them, and it is ill-equipped financially to compete fully in an ever-widening playing field for November.
It’s looking more and more like a bloodbath for Republican candidates this November.Ã‚Â Debbie Cook and Steve Young should not be taken likely.Ã‚Â