May 13th, 2008
10:15 PM ET
7 years ago

CNN: Democrat will win GOP-friendly Mississippi seat

Democrat Travis Childers, left, beat Republican Greg Davis in a special election Tuesday in Mississippi.
Democrat Travis Childers, left, beat Republican Greg Davis in a special election Tuesday in Mississippi.

(CNN) - Democrat Travis Childers has defeated Republican Greg Davis in the special election for an open congressional seat in northern Mississippi, CNN projected Tuesday night, based on early returns.

Republicans have held the seat since 1994.

UPDATE: National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Cole said in a statement he is "disappointed" with the result.

"Republicans must undertake bold efforts to define a forward looking agenda that offers the kind of positive change voters are looking for," Cole also said. "This is something we can do in cooperation with our Presidential nominee, but time is short."

(Full Cole statement after the jump)

“We are disappointed in tonight’s election results. Though the NRCC, RNC and Mississippi Republicans made a major effort to retain this seat, we came up short.

“Tonight’s election highlights two significant challenges Republicans must overcome this November. First, Republicans must be prepared to campaign against Democrat challengers who are running as conservatives, even as they try to join a liberal Democrat majority. Though the Democrats’ task will be more difficult in a November election, the fact is they have pulled off two special election victories with this strategy, and it should be a concern to all Republicans.

“Second, the political environment is such that voters remain pessimistic about the direction of the country and the Republican Party in general. Therefore, Republicans must undertake bold efforts to define a forward looking agenda that offers the kind of positive change voters are looking for. This is something we can do in cooperation with our Presidential nominee, but time is short.

“I encourage all Republican candidates, whether incumbents or challengers, to take stock of their campaigns and position themselves for challenging campaigns this fall by building the financial resources and grassroots networks that offer them the opportunity and ability to communicate, energize and turn out voters this election.”


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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Jacob

    If the GOP can't win Mississippi then where do they plan on winning?

    May 13, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  2. Omentum

    Mississippi is in play ..... Obama 08

    May 13, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  3. DrCats

    The Republicans are gonna need more than Rev Wright snippets and commercials linking to Pelosi and Obama win these elections...

    Nice job Mississippians!!! Good for you :)

    May 13, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  4. Mike Lorain, OH

    Congrats Childers, hopefully this is a sign of Good things to come. Finally, the America that I know will soon be back on track to repair the failed policies this administration and the failed policies of the recently, formerly lead GOP congress. END THE WAR!!

    May 13, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  5. An objective Canadian

    So much for Clinton's electability argument.

    May 13, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  6. Nawlins Boy

    None of the Gulf states will ever vote Republican again!

    As a Hurricain Katrina survivor, I know that the days of Republican domination in the Gulf states are over!!

    Go Obama!

    May 13, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  7. cnn rocks

    change is coming to america

    May 13, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  8. john

    DRIP DRIP DRIP...im not talkin superdelegates..im talking about republicans losing...

    2008 is the year of the democrat

    May 13, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  9. Jim

    The Republicans are finished thank GOD.

    May 13, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  10. James, Wichita, KS

    "Change" is in the air!

    May 13, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  11. Yasriel

    Great news for Obama! This would nulify HRC win of WV today.

    May 13, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  12. Darryl

    I lived in Mississippi for most of my life, this story is spin. Mississippi has gone Democratic for Governors alot. This is not something special.

    May 13, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  13. Nawlins Boy

    REPUBLICANS, WE IN THE GULF STATES REMEMBER WHAT YOU AND YOUR PRESIDENT DID TO US AFTER HURRICANE KATRINA.....

    WE SHALL NEVER VOTE REPUBLICAN AGAIN!

    GO OBAMA.

    May 13, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  14. Brian

    GOP -friendly is very much an understatement.

    May 13, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  15. Franky

    I'll answer your question Anderson.......Republicans are in MAJOR trouble!!! I've een this coming since Lous. Like I said, the Reps are lucky, VERY lucky this Democratic race is still going on. But tell the Reps, they still got time to "change", O.K? They have to be very smart about this election.......and by the way, I'm not backing down with my statement that I said a while back...

    If the Dems wouldv'e had a nominee at Super Tuesday, we couldv'e seen in this election one of the worst defeats in Republican history......there's no question about it but let's just say, is showing signs already..............

    Get with the program GOP!!!!!

    May 13, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  16. Gerry

    Typical Dumbocrats – ignore the lying flyer your candidate put out. Of course, sleaze is what your party is all about.

    May 13, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  17. deidre

    ‘Applachia Virginia had no problem voting for African American Douglas Wilder in ‘89. Buchanan County, for example borders both West Virginia and Kentucky, is 97% white, and voted 90 percent to 9 percent for Clinton over Obama on February 12, but in 1989, it voted 59 percent to 41 percent for Wilder.

    So, the notion that people are monolithically racist in Applachia and will not vote for Obama because of some sort of knee-jerk reaction to Obama’s ethnicity is largely false.’

    May 13, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  18. Terri

    Hurray! Way to go, Mississippi, for finally waking up and kicking the Republicans out! How about kicking the Republicans out of the Governor's Mansion for an encore?

    May 13, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  19. mobspeak

    You should have seen and heard the RNC coverage in Louisiana against the Democratic opponent. It was RELENTLESS, every 10 minutes. He won, of course, but it was ugly for weeks. Are we rebeling against Republican ideas or really ugly negative ads?

    May 13, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  20. Mike

    GOP To-Do List:
    1. Get new strategy for local candidates. Linking them to Sen. Obama isn't working (they are 0-2 on that score, and it's early in the year).
    2. Somehow get Bob Barr to not run for president. He'll peel away crucial right wing voters from McSame.
    3. Hope for a miracle this November.

    May 13, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  21. Khannenje

    sobering news for GOP negative ad peddlers. The movement is unstoppable. The wave is real. Try something else. The Obama train has left the station

    May 13, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  22. Kerry Chapman, CPO USN ret.

    Well, doesnt say much for a presidential hopefull to give up as Obama did in the fight for West Virgina. For Donna set there on national TV and tell you she is uncommitted, when its obvious she is an Obama supporter. Really speaks highly of her and the Democratic Party. Makes you wonder if Obama is as wishy washy as Donna is.
    At least McCain or Hillary are determined and committed. At least
    you know where thier headed. Like a box of chocolates, never know
    what you will get.

    May 13, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  23. John

    OMG... does anyone care about this or the Hollow Hilary win?
    We all know you prefer to peddle the news rather than report it – but this?

    May 13, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  24. Mike O.

    Wonders never cease. A Democrat wins (by around 6%) in a very-very Republican district. Especially after a visit by VP Cheney, lavish spending on negative Obama/Pelosi hogwash, and oodles of robo-calls from Laura and John Sidney McCain III.

    As Karl Rove provides to Obama, here's some friendly advice to the GOP - try something new. What you're doin' ain't workin'.

    Good night and good luck.

    May 13, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  25. Craig Nazor

    It's like the boy who cried "wolf" – the politics of fear and division will only work this time around if there is truly something to fear in other Americans and truly a reason for Americans to be divided. There is not. There really never has been. For the first time in a long time, more Americans are paying attention and making decisions for themselves, because it is now obvious how much is at stake.

    Crying "wolf" won't work – not this time. So who to vote for in this election – those who say we can't, or those who say we can?

    May 13, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
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