May 13th, 2008
09:30 AM ET
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Special Mississippi election frames big one

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

(CNN) - A special congressional election Tuesday in a conservative Mississippi district is expected to hold implications for both parties beyond the gain or loss of single House seat.

For Democrats, a decisive victory by Chancery Clerk Travis Childers would be the latest in a series of special-election wins for the party and provide a strong tailwind heading into the November elections.

For Republicans, Childers' defeat could dispel notions the GOP is in for a widespread thrashing next fall and prove that efforts to link local Democrats in conservative districts to Barack Obama and his former pastor could be a winning strategy in what appears to be a difficult election year for the party.

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soundoff (133 Responses)
  1. Deb

    Read Michelle Obama's thesis on race that has been censored from the public until after the GE. Why? because is uncovers her own racist views. You can find it on the internet, even though they've tried to hide it.

    May 13, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  2. MELMARIE

    These Hillary supporters are crazy!!!!! Obama has won and these crazy people are picking out VP's for Hillary... Get over it!!! Now is the time get behind Obama and unite this party. If you are part of the voters that say you will go for McSame because Hillary didn't win must be racist or just plain stupid.

    May 13, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. Jason

    I'm a Mississippian, and can't wait for this local election to be finished. Get ready for a long summer & fall filled with commercials & mailers from both the DNC & RNC about how your local candidates either A) secretly worship with Rev. Wright, or B) made millions off of oil companies and want to send your kids to fight in Iraq.

    May 13, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. An American in Canada for David

    DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE SENATE AND CONGRESS

    LYNDON BAYNES JOHNSON SAID IT BEST.

    GEORGE BUSH ASK PRESIDENT JOHNSON, SHOULD I RUN FOR THE SENATE OR THE CONGRESS.

    WELL ALL I CAN TELL YOU GEORGE IS THE SENATE IS LIKE CHICKEN SALAD AND THE CONGRESS IS LIKECHICKEN S*IT, YOU DECIDE, EXCLAIMED PRESIDENT JOHNSON

    May 13, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. Rebecca

    Deb,

    You are an idiot. It was released months ago by the Obama campaign. Get a clue. You are nothing but a false rumor spreader. You probably are one of the idiots who still believe Obama is a Muslim.

    May 13, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. Mike - Texas

    I can hardly wait until Rev. Wright's book comes out in September!!!

    That ought to be some good reading!

    May 13, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. STOP THE MADNESS

    This is just an all out way of using race to pander and divide, these people are so desperate that they could care less that their rednecks are showing, The only way this can have any hold is if they incite like minded people and play on their ignorance. I think it is deplorable that people would use this method of abuse to abuse the system for their gain.

    I hope just like the Clinton and those in Louisiana it comes back to bite them in their faces big time! Most people today black and white are tired of this mess, those that are not are no better than their opinions of Rev. Wright even worst they are aware that this offends many, they are not doing from a place of painful past memories, but pure evil motives not caring who they hurt in doing so.

    I only pray that this nation will rise to the occasion and show that we are bigger than this, sure we still have some, but not many, not enough that will allow us to be set back in a time where racial hatreds divide us and cause us to lose sight on the bigger picture that we all are in this together and must be determined to progress and not let the few cause us to regress.

    We must hold our own accountable, not allowing them to flood us or others with hate, because if we allow hate to rule then all that this nation stands for will be a lie! Take a stand against hate don't be gullable, that the message I hear from Obama, that's the message I heard from MLK, that's the message of JFK and above ALL that's the message of CHRIST!

    May 13, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. Rebecca

    Obama has more integrity than Clinton or McCain could ever hope for and any of these Obama haters smearing him with lies and false rumors are no better than George Bush and his failings and shortcomings. Obama tells the truth and you haters cannot handle the truth. You rather live a life of lies and manipulations than face the truth. And here's another truth you probably cannot handle- Obama will be our next President without Hillary on the ticket with or without you.

    May 13, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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