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Democrat Wins Mississippi Special Election

House Democrats won a conservative northern Mississippi House seat in a special election tonight, a victory certain to send shock waves through the ranks of congressional GOPers.

The Associated Press called the race for Prentiss County Chancery Clerk Travis Childers (D), shortly after 10 p.m. eastern time. With 81 percent of precincts reporting, Childers held a 51 to 49 percent edge over Southhaven Mayor Greg Davis (R).

The victory marked the third time this election cycle that Democrats have won a Republican-held seat in a special election and seemed to suggest that the national political atmosphere could significantly broaden the House playing field in the fall.

Mississippi's 1st district had long been a conservative stronghold. President George W. Bush won it with 59 percent of the vote in 2000 and 62 percent in 2004. Roger Wicker (R), whose appointment to the Senate seat vacated by Trent Lott (R) created the vacancy in the House, had held the district easily since 1994 -- never winning reelection with less than 63 percent of the vote.

But, the confluence of a treacherous national politicial environment for Republicans, a divisive GOP primary and the emergence of Childers, a social conservative from the more rural reaches of the districts, as the Democratic candidate combined to make the race an unlikely pickup opportunity.

The fallout from this trio of losses is sure to be significant for House Republicans. We'll be keeping a close eye on it over the next few days and will have more to say on this race in particular in tomorrow's winners and losers column. In the meantime, make sure to check out Capitol Briefing for more on the contest.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 13, 2008; 10:15 PM ET
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Barack Hussein Obama will get destroyed in November.

The moronic children of Generation Whatever do not know what a blowout in an election is.

They should reference recent elections in 1972, 1980, 1984, and 1988 to see what a blowout is.

Hussein Obama is a loser.

He just got crushed in Kentucky and the latte cowards of the Left coast gave him Oregon.

The next President is John McCain.

This election is feeling more and more like 1988.

In 1986, Republicans lost the Senate and they lost many seats in the House.

In 1988, Mike Dukakis had a 17 point lead in August.

Come November, Bush 41 won 54% of the vote.

Do you people have any idea how unelectable Barak Hussein Obama is?

Iraq Hussein Osama is a gift wrapped in stupidity for the GOP in 2008.

Posted by: Silly Libs | May 21, 2008 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Barack Hussein Obama will get destroyed in November.

The moronic children of Generation Whatever do not know what a blowout in an election is.

They should reference recent elections in 1972, 1980, 1984, and 1988 to see what a blowout is.

Hussein Obama is a loser.

He just got crushed in Kentucky and the latte cowards of the Left coast gave him Oregon.

The next President is John McCain.

This election is feeling more and more like 1988.

In 1986, Republicans lost the Senate and they lost many seats in the House.

In 1988, Mike Dukakis had a 17 point lead in August.

Come November, Bush 41 won 54% of the vote.

Do you people have any idea how unelectable Barak Hussein Obama is?

Iraq Hussein Osama his a gift wrapped in stupidity for the GOP in 2008.

Posted by: Liberals are Bad at Math | May 21, 2008 12:16 AM | Report abuse

13? That seems a little optimistic.

McCain is definately a weak candidate, as soon as we get into the general it will become more obvious. Just recently he criticized Obama as inexperienced for saying the Soviet Union posed more of a threat to the US than Iran. The only reason McCain would air out such an obvious fallacy is he is trying to the play the politics involved with running for president, and not doing it very well. Better luck with whatever replaces the Republican party after this fall.

Posted by: also dem | May 20, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

We are walking into a Republican bloodbath this fall.
Weak fundraising, lousy candidates, rampant hypocrisy, and the fact that practically every indicator of progress has been regressing (income disparity, life expectancy, social mobility, cost of living, real income) has become negative as a result of unimaginably poor leadership. McCain is a weak candidate, and is going to get slaughtered in November. We are walking into the largest presidential blowout in recent history. 13 points.

Posted by: dem | May 20, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

This Democrat ran as a Conservative and won by the slimest of margins.

Put Barack Hussein Obama on the top of the Democrat Ticket and this seat goes back to the G.O.P.

Furthermore, I live in New York. I enjoy watching liberals try to convince themselves that Barack Hussein Obama actually has a chance against John McCain.

I enjoy watching liberals get lied to by Pelosi and Reid and Obama about how they will pull troops out of Iraq and then have those same liberals be so unwilling to admit to themselves that they were lied to in 2006.

Even more hysterical is thinking that pro-life conservative democrats from the south will make a difference in a vote on Iraq. Morons.

Enjoy the cyclical nature of Democrats barely winning a couple seats.

Maybe we will go back to Republicans only getting to be President all the time instead of controlling the Presidency and the Congress.

I like Roberts, Alito, Thomas and Scalia and look foward to President John McCain replacing a couple of the dustbins from the left languishing on the bench.

Remember that McCain has sustained broken bones for America while Barack Obama has never even broken a sweat for America.

I will enjoy watching the "How can this happen? - I don't understand?" General Election Night moment of liberal voters from liberal cities and liberal states as Florida and Ohio go for McCain.

Liberals Never Learn

Posted by: Liberals Never Learn | May 18, 2008 12:02 AM | Report abuse

The republican party is getting exactly what it deserves. It talks conservative and patriotic at election time. But when they govern, you get the New World Order. It is globalism and free trade. They take care of big business and export the middle classes' jobs. Evangelicals simply get played like suckers to put the rich boys in power.

Posted by: henry d | May 15, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Edwards Endorses OBama

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Chris, I'm impressed! You didn't pick up the typical Republican day-after-the-loss talking point about Davis not being a top-tier candidate.

I guess this legitimizes the Dems win. Finally.

Posted by: corbett | May 14, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

What are the politics of Dems winning these districts? Socially conservative, it looks like, but where do they stand on Iraq and economic issues (taxes, health care, etc.)?

Posted by: David Expat | May 14, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

"smart, principled, conservative leadership"

Now THERE's an oxymoron if I ever saw one!

Posted by: whatmeregister | May 14, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

In other words Jimmy Carter aka "Barack Milhouse Obama" is running for a second term. After which, Ronald Reagan aka "Bobby Jindal" will revive our country.

Posted by: Lee | May 14, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

This is an examlple of conservatives revolting against the liberal, moderate agenda that Republicans are pushing. Wait til 2012 when Democrats have virtually destroyed this country's greatness. Then you will see a reemergence of true conservatism, and a rebirth of this country's pristine supremacy. Four years of darkness are ahead, and they will be followed by 12-16 years of impressive dominance under smart, principled, conservative leadership.

Posted by: Lee | May 14, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

that's what i say the replublican conservatives can keep on trying to character assinate us but we will keep on winning keep on running rev wright and all that other bull and we will keep talking about the economy and this occupation you keep calling a war our soldiers the ones you claim to care about are putting themselves in danger everyday and all you can do is sling mud you had better wake up and the tactics of yesterday will not work today our base is to broad now we have all races and all classes of people we will continue winning and you continue trying to destroy peoples character chalk one up for the people of mississippi who say we are not going for that no more

Posted by: jeanise55 | May 14, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

no, aleks, the governor of illinois is a democrat. his name is rod blagojevich. he will appoint a democrat to take obama's senate seat in 2009.

Posted by: harlemboy | May 14, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Well I believe W. Virginia sends a message to the McShame camp, I people hate this little guy so much Rotton Rudy got 2% of the vote So it is pretty self evidant, The Republicans will not unite behind McShame, And with Bob Barr in the show now, McShame stands no chance of uniting the party, Republicans need to stop lying to themselves, The Republican of today is not what Repuublicans stood for. As a party the Gop has failled to reach the Right people opposed to the Rich, So the dreaded Era of World Socialism will soon begin With the Dems winning this election with a mandate! Just watch

Posted by: RaferJanders | May 14, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Chris, you've really been working. This news came on last night, and there are already two more columns above this one.
This makes 3 for 3 Democratic victory in special elections in what would seem to have been solidly-red districts.
With Obama's coattails, the chances for the Democratic party in Novemeber keeps looking better and betteer.

Posted by: Frank Palmer | May 14, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

JEP writes
"Did I hear someone rush to mention "50 State Landslide?"

If this does not portend a 50-state landslide, pray tell, what does?"

JEP, I think you're jumping the gun a bit on that one. While I do think that McCain will find himself challenged to both appease the base & attract swing voters, its a LOT premature to start talking about 50 state landslides.

Posted by: bsimon | May 14, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

I think I just saw Tom Cole out on Constitution Ave shaking a tin cup.

This is the gathering perfect storm for the House (and to a lesser extent, Senate) Dems:

*more money -- much more money

*much more energy and enthusiasm among the loyal supporters

*much more support among independents and swing voters

*few threatened incumbents of their own to defend

*many threatened R incumbents and open R seats to chip away at

The one and only concern is that voters aren't turning to the Democrats so much as they are turning away from the Republicans. So there's always a chance of a snap-back election in '10 and '12.

But if you're a Republican, you need to be honest with yourself: the American people just aren't into you anymore. They were a little there for a while, but then you did and said some things that turned them off, and there's not a lot you can say or do now to win them back.

Posted by: novamatt | May 14, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

"seemed to suggest that the national political atmosphere could significantly broaden the House playing field in the fall."

Seemed to suggest????
...how about "provides irrefutable proof" for more accuracy?

significantly broaden???
better; "completely change the dynamics of"

Chris, you gotta stop softening the truth for the sake of these poor, defenseless Republicans, they are getting more desperate here every day.

Pretty laugh-worthy, most of em'.

And these "easy on the R's" paragraphs of yours only encourage them to keep tossing out their trash.

DO't be gentle, Chris, you gotta learn to pull the band-aid off quick or it hurts all the worse!

Watta buncha neocon crybabies!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

One little, two little, three Republicans..

We will pass up "Ten Little Republicans" by a long shot before this is over.

Did I hear someone rush to mention "50 State Landslide?"

If this does not portend a 50-state landslide, pray tell, what does?

And isn't everyone getting tired of that same old Republican blunt boehner tag team?

Posted by: JEP | May 14, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

All of this prediction that McCain will escape the Republican Plague that is sweeping the country really is amusing! Scrolling back to "Red State America"'s comments: "Bush was supposed to lose in 2000" Well,...He DID lose, or perhaps you've forgotten that. And as for 2004, he barely won, and did it on the platform that we were a nation at war and needed to stay the course...a war he cynically started for that exact reason, and one that now is universally acknowledged to be a disaster, even by most people in his own party (your party!).

So y'all have had two narrow squeekers, put a nation's economy in ruins, and now have a Republican candidate who loves to hug the discredited president who put us here. Sorry, Red State, you guys had two tries to remake America, and Obama and Congress are going to have their turn.

Posted by: Natural Ned | May 14, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

All of this prediction that McCain will escape the Republican Plague that is sweeping the country really is amusing! Scrolling back to "Red State America"'s comments: "Bush was supposed to lose in 2000" Well,...He DID lose, or perhaps you've forgotten that. And as for 2004, he barely won, and did it on the platform that we were a nation at war and needed to stay the course...a war he cynically started for that exact reason, and one that now is universally acknowledged to be a disaster, even by most people in his own party (your party!).

So y'all have had two narrow squeekers, put a nation's economy in ruins, and now have a Republican candidate who loves to hug the discredited president who put us here. Sorry, Red State, you guys had two tries to remake America, and Obama and Congress are going to have their turn.

Posted by: Natural Ned | May 14, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Rednecks for Obama
Gun show 5-19-08 Lexington, KY

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

How much of the white vote does a DEM canidate need? 35%?

Sponsored by: Effexor anti-depressant drug and the GOP

"The change you deserve"

and

LIBERALS ARE EVIL

Posted by: Dems Rule | May 14, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

How much of the white vote does a DEM canidate need? 35%?

Sponsored by: Effexor anti-depressant drug and the GOP

"The change you deserve"

and

LIBERALS ARE EVIL

Posted by: Dems Rule | May 14, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

How much of the white vote does a DEM canidate need? 35%?

Sponsored by: Effexor anti-depressant drug and the GOP

"The change you deserve"

and

LIBERALS ARE EVIL

Posted by: Dems Rule | May 14, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

And isn't it also true that in the special election there was no party affiliation next to the names on the ballot? If there had been a D and R next to the names, would conservative voters have really sent one more vote into Nancy Pelosi's caucus? Still, though, terrible job by the Republicans.

Posted by: WTF | May 14, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

I also find it funny how national Democrats are celebrating this, when they don't agree with about 75% of what Childers campaigned on.

Posted by: WTF | May 14, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Tom Cole and John Boehner need to go, as they clearly have not internalized the lessons of the 2006 elections. We need a new generation in charge in the House - Paul Ryan, Jeb Hensarling, Adam Putnam, Marsha Blackburn, etc.

Posted by: WTF | May 14, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse


Way to GO MISS

OBAMA adds SUPER (update)

SuperBowl
285 of 795 Obama tool LEAD May 12
272 of 795 Clinton
238 Super Remain 189 Elected + 5 WV


Nomination Countdown
142 to 2025 Obama
311 to 2025 Clinton 432 Total Delegate Remain

KY 51 OR 53

Go OBAMA

Posted by: Dems Rule | May 14, 2008 8:22 AM | Report abuse


HA HA!

Republicans are F*CKED and it couldn't happen to a bigger bunch of evil bastards.


Posted by: Shawn | May 14, 2008 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Yes, indeed it looks like it could be a good year for hte dems. The dems need to take a very close look at the last fifty years of political history.

In the early 90's the repubs loudly criticized the heavy handed control by the dems. When they won both houses they planned to keep control forever. This led to leadership by arrogance, which ultimately led to their failure. They basically did exactly what they had criticized the dems for.

The dems need to take note of this and work hard to avoid a repeat.

BTW, the gov of Illinois is a dem.

Posted by: PRinNJ | May 14, 2008 8:07 AM | Report abuse

up-date:

Childers wins by

56% to 46%

!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Historians will say 2008 produced a realignment election. Obama will trounce McCain, and the Democrats will attain a filibuster-proof 60-seat majority in the Senate.
Posted by: harlemboy | May 13, 2008 11:19 PM

I hope you're right, but I think we're looking at more like 57 Dem Senators. Also, since the Governor of Illinois is a Republican, won't Obama's victory flip one seat to R?

Posted by: aleks | May 14, 2008 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Actually Obama won Missouri. So you are dead wrong there.
No Dem president has been elected without winning MO since 1912.

Obama 2008.

Posted by: SallyM | May 14, 2008 3:27 AM | Report abuse

Congrats to the Democrats on the win down here in Mississippi. They found the better candidate and ran a better campaign. Us Republicans are scratching our heads, asking what if?

Well, the problem is that if Greg Davis had been from Tupelo or the Eastern Side of the district, he would have won walking away. However, he is from Desoto County (Memphis suburbs) and many Republicans from the East part (Lee County/Tupelo/Lowndes County), who would make love to George W. Bush, voted for Childers because they wanted they believe they can run a R from there against Childers in 2010 and beat him. That is a very risky philosophy, because that is why Gene Taylor has been in office on the Coast for 20 years.

Again, congrats to the Democrats on picking a better candidate who is from the right side of the district. This was not a rejection of Bush and his policies, as much as the Democrats want to say that.

Posted by: Magnolia | May 14, 2008 1:41 AM | Report abuse

CRITICAL GENERAL ELECTON STATE WEST VIRGINIA:

RESULTS:

Hillary Clinton 67%

Barack Obama 26%

The Presumtive Nominee just lost a swing state to a loser by 41%.

Worry libs. Your Messianic Train has just derailed.

Put West Virginia in the McCain column.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 13, 2008 11:58 PM | Report abuse

There are enough African-Americans or annoying Elitist White Liberals in America to Elect Barack Obama in a Democratic Primary.

There are not enough African-Americans or annoying Elitist White LIberals in America to Elect Barack Obama in a General Election.

When Republicans come out to vote in the General Election in this Mississippi district they will vote for McCain and they will vote for Davis and liberals will be crying the next day asking what happened.

The answer: You aborted away your future base.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 13, 2008 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, svreader, Hillary lost. Get over it. All your name changing won't change that one whit.

P.S. "President Barack Obama." Better get used to hearing it, because it'll be common usage starting next January. LOL

Posted by: whatmeregister | May 13, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

McCain has one huge advantage over the other Republicans who have lost, such as Davis. McCain has been very pro-immigrant. That was extremely smart of him. This is why he will not lose in the general election. From now on in the US, no one (Republican or Democrat) will ever win the presidential election without Latinos. McCain had the foresight to see this. In fact, he has been pro civil rights for immigrants for a long time. La Raza gave him honors beginning in 1999. http://www.nclr.org/content/news/detail/2178/ Obama, on the other hand, has not done so well with Latinos.

Posted by: McCainforpres | May 13, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

If we weren't looking at an electoral revolution in the making before today, we certainly are now. This kind of Democratic penetration of the "Solid South" would have been unthinkable even in 2006.

The G.O.P. had better find something better to do than smear tactics, and quick.

Posted by: Reverend Rock | May 13, 2008 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Rev. Wright won't lead to Obama's Loss in November, his stupid "Bitter Americans" comment will.

There are plenty of "Bitter Americans" who have yet to have their say.

Posted by: Bitter American | May 13, 2008 11:38 PM | Report abuse

George W. Bush was supposed to Lose in 2000 and he won.

George W. Bush was supposed to Lose in 2004 and he won.

Name one state that went for Bush in 2004 that will vote for Barack Obama.

Before you answer that question, do you live in that state or have you only read about it on blogs?

Posted by: Red State America | May 13, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama Lost the Following states to Hillary Clinton:

Ohio
Florida
Pennsylvania
West Virginia
Missouri

When the average voter, who was too busy working today to vote in meaningless special elections and primaries, goes to the polls in November and sees a War Hero named JOHN MCCAIN and a weird liberal quasi-maybe muslim named BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA on the ballot, they are going to pull the lever for MCCAIN.

I'll have a beer with JOHN MCCAIN.

I'll report BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA to Homeland Security.

Posted by: Lib State Alert | May 13, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans are in a deep mess this year. With the Democratic race over, we're turning out attention to the Truth About McCain!

Did you know that John McCain called his wife a "c*&nt" in front of reporters?

Let's turn our attention to The Truth About McCain!

Did you know John Sydney McCain ("JiSM") called his wife a "c&&nt" in front of reporters. Here's video in which he refuses to deny having done so:

http://truth-about-mccain.blogspot.com/2008/05/mccain-declines-to-deny-calling-his.html

Posted by: francislholland | May 13, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Liberals are really naive.

Barack Hussein Obama just got skunked in a state that Democrats need to win in order to win the General Election.

The three seats the GOP lost in special elections will be easily won by Republicans in November if Hussein Obama tops the Democrat ticket.

McCain will win Florida, Ohio, West Virginia, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado.

I also enjoy how history lessons have escaped the young liberals and memory loss has infected the 1960's retreads.

Posted by: Reality Check | May 13, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Well, so much for the Republican effort to win by using Obama to scare voters. They've tried it twice and lost big both times. Voters aren't as stupid as the GOP seems to think they are. Keep it comin', guys - at this rate, Obama and the Democrats will win by a landslide.

Posted by: George | May 13, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Historians will say 2008 produced a realignment election. Obama will trounce McCain, and the Democrats will attain a filibuster-proof 60-seat majority in the Senate.

Bush and Cheney have killed the Republican brand. It's only poetic justice, after their theft of the 2000 election.

Posted by: harlemboy | May 13, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

This pretty much puts to rest the Hillary argument that Obama as the nominee would be death for the Democratic Party.

Posted by: Bob | May 13, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

This is the big election result of tonight...not the large margin win for Hillary in West Virginia. Hillary was expected to win big in West Virginia where 6 out of 10 people exit polled said Bill Clinton's presence influenced their decision.

The significance of this house race is that the Republicans threw out many heavy hitters from Dick Cheney to Mike Huckabee to compaign in that Mississippi district on behalf of Greg Davis. The Republican Party even tried to link Childers to Rev. Wright through Obama, but the voting public rejected it.

This victory is the third of its kind. Bill Foster won former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert's seat in Illinois where Obama campaigned for him. A Republican Louisana district for the last 20 years opted for Louisiana Democrat Don Cazayoux even with the Louisana Republican party trying to link negatively Obama to Cazayoux.

The House Democrats are benefitting tremendously from the change mantra that Obama has outlined.

Posted by: AJ | May 13, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

The GOP's chickens have come home to roost. LOL

Posted by: whatmeregister | May 13, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

This is just too good ! Keep trying to use Wright and it smacks right in their face. I am so happy. GOP's right wing nuts parasite greedy selfish days are outnumbered and they know it. They have been so evil and so greedy and so selfish and they have so much blood on their hands with our young men and woman fighting in Iraq and an economy of a third world country with so many famlies struggling! It is a shame what has happened to this beautiful country!

Such dishonest and disgusting beings when they try to make an issue out of a nut such as Wright and act like they are so worried about our country and all they care is about their fat double chin existences such as Karl Rove and their pockets. They don't care about GOD.My Christian God and Jesus would never stand such injustice and so much hatered and division and dishonesty.

Posted by: Gina | May 13, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Dick Cheney coming down on a special trip to talk about the situation in Iraq sure helped Davis out a lot, it seems.

Posted by: DickCheney'sfailedhuntingtrip | May 13, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Hey ugly Repugnican'ts, I hate your guts. Payback is a biatch!! There is a tsunami of stupendous proportions coming and your party might very well not survive it. We Democrats have found the way to beat you - - give repugs enough rope to hang themselves then have the people throw the idiots out. Your policies make no sense, your party is all about scaring up votes, you would rather divide than unite. Well, eat horse manure. The Democrats are COMING!!!!

Posted by: Henry Spencer | May 13, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

should have been referenced:

http://www.dailykos.com/

Posted by: drindl | May 13, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

I think this is a horribly bad omen for the Republicans. The 2 previous victories were as well, but Republicans have been writing them off as having excellent Democratic candidates against poor quality Republicans. They don't really have any cover for this one since there is nothing terribly unelectable about Greg Davis, it's just a toxic atmosphere.

Posted by: Blaster | May 13, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

GOP Leaders Warn Of Election Disaster
Sniping And Selfishness Decried As Wary Republicans Fear November Nosedive
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/05/07/politics/politico/main4076956.shtml

'Shellshocked House Republicans got warnings from leaders past and present Tuesday: Your party's message isn't good enough to prevent disaster in November, and neither is the NRCC's money...

In a closed-door session at the Capitol, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Cole (R-Okla.) told members that the NRCC doesn't have enough cash to "save them" in November if they don't raise enough money or run strong campaigns themselves.

And in a piece published in Human Events, the Republicans' onetime captain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, warned his old colleagues that they face "real disaster" on Election Day unless they move immediately to "chart a bold course of real reform" for the country.

"The Republican loss in Louisiana last Saturday should be a sharp wake-up call for Republicans," Gingrich wrote.

Gingrich said Republicans cannot rely on the popularity of Sen. John McCain to carry them to victory in November. And he warned that attacks on Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and on the Rev. Jeremiah Wright could backfire.

"The Republican brand has been so badly damaged that if Republicans try to run an anti-Obama, anti-Rev. Wright or, if Sen. Clinton wins, anti-Clinton campaign, they are simply going to fail," Gingrich said. "This model has already been tested with disastrous results." '

Posted by: Bud0 | May 13, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Blown away! Not the third, but the fourth pickup in a special election for Dems, CC-

Results for the Mississippi First District special election, filling the seat of Senator Roger Wicker.
• 89% of Precincts Reporting
• Travis W. Childers (D):        52% (49406)
Greg Davis (R):                    48% (46009)

Update: The AP has called the race for Travis Childers. Mississippi now has three Democratic Representatives...out of four.
Update #2: Congratulations to Rep.-elect Travis Childers, his staff and volunteers, the voters of Mississippi's First District, the DCCC...and the good people at Swing State Project, Cotton Mouth Blog, The Thorn Papers, Will Bardwell, and anyone I'm forgetting :)
Update #3: The NRCC spent over $1.3 million in this race, and that's not counting what shadow groups like Freedom's Watch put in. It's an R+10 district. They ran some ads which were nasty as hell. And their candidate, if not outstanding, was not especially controversial.
We beat them anyway, on their turf.
Update #4: Turnout was astronomical. Especially for a runoff. It's likely that it will exceed 100,000 votes, which is insane; turnout was around 64,000 in the first election."

Posted by: drindl | May 13, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

This article is really good news. Thanks

Posted by: Be2 | May 13, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Looks like it's time to burn the GOPer playbook.

Posted by: Spectator2 | May 13, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Ha Ha.

I can't wait to read the GOOPER spin on this. There's comedy gold there!

Posted by: rhinsker | May 13, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Fire Boehner.

Posted by: GOP4Ever | May 13, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

This was the second race the GOP tried to use Rev Wright to win an election.

Posted by: Frank | May 13, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Now THIS is big news.

A tidal wave is coming, to sweep away the evil GOP.

Posted by: OD | May 13, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

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