May 13th, 2008
09:30 AM ET
14 years ago

Special Mississippi election frames big one

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/05/13/miss.election/art.childers.ap.jpg caption="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. gerald strother

    OBAMA HAS PICK UP 4 MORE SUPERDELEGATES TO DAY GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 13, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  2. Johnny Be Good

    Why are we, the Obama Nation being FORCED to have this woman on the ticket.

    May 13, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. Don Wharff

    During the hurricianes in the democrats did nothing to help ,actually they helped to destroy life..VOTE REPUBLICAN IF YOU DON'T WANT CORUPTION TO CONTINUE.

    May 13, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. Kenneth M

    Obama Starts Off The Day With Two Three Four Superdelegates: I doubt it the GOP tactic is going to work down there.

    May 13, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  5. Kel in Auburn, AL

    It's funny how the news is barely reporting on the primaries today. It's because they know its over. This election actually is of more interest, and for good reason. It's a small forecast to the fall election.

    May 13, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. Jeanne

    I would prefer to see moderates in the legislature whether Democrats, Republicans or independents. I haven't been too pleased with the Democratic "leadership". I hope they make some changes there. Anything that changes the makeup of the current makeup in Washington could only be an improvement. I hope Obama has long coattails.

    May 13, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  7. Rose - Baltimore, MD

    Childers God will send you help today in Jesus' name. What the devil has intended for evil, God will turn it around for you for good in Jesus name, Amen! Just remember that GOP has staged themsels as agents of evil, God does not reward evil.

    May 13, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  8. linoue - NY

    I which that bozzo loses for being a stupid. Now that Barack is going to be the nominee what is he going to say. I think he is such an idiot. It is shame for what politician would do for seat. Except for BO!!!

    May 13, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  9. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Maybe Obama and Hillary can work in shifts. He answers the phone from 8AM to 2AM, and Hillary answers the phone at 3AM!

    May 13, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. After further review,Texas

    Greg"call me Goober"Davis?Why do all the Republicans look dumber than dirt?

    May 13, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  11. Yes we can!

    THEY TRIED THAT IN LOUISANNA AND IT DIDN'T WORK....IT'S SAD THAT THE ONLY THING THE GOP HAS ON OBAMA IS REV. WRIGHT....GET OVER IT AND THAT'S OLD NEWS....WHO HASN'T HEARD OF REV. WRIGHT AND THE 30 SECOND SOUND BITES...IT'S A CIRCUS AND THAT'S WHY MCBUSH IS GOING TO LOSE THE GE. YOU CAN'T BEAT OBAMA ON THE ISSUES.....WE'RE TIRED OF THE IRAQ WAR, NO OR POOR HEALTHCARE, BAD ECONOMY, BAD EDUCATION FUNDING, THE RICH GETTING RICHER, POVERTY STRICKEN TOWNS ETC ETC...THESE ARE ALL THINGS THE GOP ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR......

    May 13, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. clara

    if hillary loses the primaries some of us are going to vote for her and have as a write in so come on america write hillary in as president in nov. no matter what we don't want oboma and rev. wright and ayers and all is so called friends so go hillary go so to all hillary supporters write her in nov.

    May 13, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. E. POWELL I MD, E POWELL MD II & ER. POWELL MD

    LIKE DANIEL IN THE SCRIPTURE. THE WRITING IS ON THE WALL.
    WE DID IT IN LA. AND WE WILL IN MISS. THE REPUBILICAN PARTY
    STILL HAVEN'T CAUGHT ON YET.

    May 13, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  14. Jim

    I see that (C)linton (N)etwork (N)ews is not posting Obama's super delegates today in order to make Hillery's victory tonight in Hog Brush Mountain more of a HUGE news story.

    May 13, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. Darth Vadik, CA

    This Republican guy looks inbred, oh yeah and corrupt.

    May 13, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  16. J

    Why on earth would people vote for higher taxes? If you want the government to have more of your money, send them a check. Otherwise, stay out of my wallet.

    May 13, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  17. Rose - Baltimore, MD

    CNN, I know you are in denial but Obama has netted 4 more supers today. Other news media have him at 183 to Clinton's 276.5. You insist on keeping his lead at 277 to Clinton's 273 but that is old news. Since Last primary, he has gained 27 supers more than what clinton will get in today's WVa primary, which would probably be 15 or lest delegates.

    May 13, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. Harry, Irvine California

    To CNN, why don't you add the new 4 superdelegates to OBAMA's count ? also, why are we forcing Clintons on Obama knowing that would cause nothing but problem? why not let him decide and put us on the correct path?

    May 13, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  19. Patrick, St. Louis

    Never, for two reasons:

    First, She ran on his inexperience and unelectability. She would have to repeatedly answer shy she suddenly thinks he would be a good President.

    Second, he ran on new politics and change. Hillary's rolodex is the epitome of old Washington and lobbyist influence, and her last name itself is a political brand of old.

    Neither of them would be able to overcome these fundamental differences to forge a joint ticket. She should mitigate her losses and gun for Senate Majority Leader, and he should hire someone out of her camp, like Ed Rendell or Evan Bayh.

    May 13, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  20. Seth

    Clara –

    Are you serious? You must be a republican. Writing in anyone, is essentially a vote for McCain. And a vote for him is a vote for more war and a more conservative supreme court likely to make abortion illegal. Is that what you are looking for?

    May 13, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  21. Tony, Miami

    Clara
    Is that the only satisfaction you are looking forward to? By doing so you are helping the Republicans. I think you must be a republican.

    May 13, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  22. Darth Vadik, CA

    McCain is the antichrist, well not really, but he just works for the antichrist (the GOP).

    May 13, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  23. Sharon Minnesota

    Good grief, the new democrats will sell their souls to get back in the white house.

    Hillary accepting the VP from Obama would be like throwing your lot with the terrorists and/or Anti-Christ. I'm hoping she doesn't fall for the pressure coming from this corrupted democratic party.

    Vote for Hillary as president or John McCain if you are a true democrat.

    May 13, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  24. Marshall

    This is sad. There are 7 posts as I am writing this and only two are about the article. What is up with that?

    May 13, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  25. Debby

    Hey gerard strother we know the stupidelagates are going for Obama the problem is 55% of Am. voters want Hillary as VP as 75% of her supporters do. I'll give you a fast math lesson OBAMA can't win the general without Hillary in the mix somewhere.

    May 13, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
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