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

[cnn-photo-caption image= 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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  1. Alan

    Dems and Rebs are the same. Neither is good for our country anymore. If you think for one minute that Obama or McCain is going to do anything thay they are saying you are "Dumber than Dirt" as a wise "person" once said. If you don't believe me, just look back at every single President and you will see a long string of broken promises.

    May 13, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  2. Doug R.

    It was enjoyable and exciting to watch J.Dennis Hasterts seat go to a Democrat in a special election in Illinois' 14th District. Hastert resigned his position for whatever reason...we all know he has ties to the federally convicted lobbyist, Jack Abramoff as well as a closet full of other skeletons.
    Why else would Hastert resign suddenly and unexpectedly??
    This Republican here, Greg Davis, doesn't look like the sharpest knief in the drawer.

    May 13, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. Allen, Lubbock, TX

    WoW Nicky!

    just when i thought I couldn't read anything more racist and dumb..I see your name and I have to laugh! its sad that all you can come up with is some racist crap! Its sad that you all feel the need to dismiss and do away with this man because he is black.

    The funny thing is you are probably the type of person that says there is no race issue, that its all in black people minds. Never mind the fact that people won't vote for him, BECAUSE he is black and has said so.

    We want to tell other countries how to live and govern and our own country can't except a president unless they are white and rich and care nothing about them! How sad!

    May 13, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. Mike from Westchester

    To Nicky Jones:

    I am a middle aged white guy who is not supporting Obama because he is black, but because he is the best candidate for President in my lifetime.

    However, the prospect of seing hundreds of thousands of racists have to choke on a black man as President will certainly be icing on the cake.

    Let's see if CNN posts this one!

    May 13, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. CW4Barak

    Please remember that Obama overwhelmingly won Mississippi, so no stupid Rev. Wright/Obama bashing is going to work there....that will only work in places like WV & KY....Billary country!

    Clara....get real....if you vote for McBush or write in Billary's name if her name is not on the ballot, then you really can't call yourself a true democrat. Obama and Billary have the same policy ideas and your research, but since you are a Billary supporter, you prob. didn't graduate school and can't read! Due to the fact that Obama's supporters are smarter and well-informed, they know that the policy diff. between Billary and Obama are much closer and in line than with McBush, and that's why they would hold their noses and vote for Billary if the tables were turned...cus they know they can't afford to have McBush in the Whitehouse!

    Obama '08

    May 13, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  6. Jed in Texas

    People would vote for higher taxes J because they dont want to pay on a credit card at a high interest rates, like most Republicans and leave the bill for their kids to payoff or the next Democrat administration.You must love the deficit J.

    May 13, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  7. Vicki NH

    In regards to a joint Clinton/Obama ticket, as a Clinton supporter, I would not want to see Clinton as VP with Obama. Better that she return to the Senate and become Senate Majority Leader. I would vote for McCain who is a moderate Republican and then vote for Democrats in the Senate and House. With a Dem majority in Congress McCain would be forced to end the Iraq War and we would have a terrific Senate Majority Leader in Clinton!!

    May 13, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  8. James

    A strong Clinton victory would not materially change Obama's prospects nationally. But it would lay bare the racial divisions and other polarizing aspects of the protracted and often bitter Democratic contest.
    This is why this liberal democrat will NOT vote for Obama. I am sick and tired of the insinuations by the media and the democratic elitist that I am a racist if I support Clinton.

    May 13, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  9. jr

    Clintons and Obama shouldn't be forced together. The Clintons are too good for Obama. All I can say is Gooooooooooo McCain!!

    May 13, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  10. David

    But are Republican ingorant or think that American people are?
    How can a party be playing on people's fear?

    It seems nothing good comes out Republican.

    This game has being expose by Bush.

    May 13, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  11. enoch needles

    Typical Hill Shill: if my candidate can't steal the nomination, I'll vote for McCain or write-in Hillary. Way to be a loyal Democrat. Wonder if their heads will explode when Hillary endorses Obama? Could be messy.

    May 13, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  12. honkey white guy from cali

    J you really should read before you post and make yourself look stupid!

    May 13, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  13. James

    Johnny Be Good May 13th, 2008 11:21 am ET

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

    . The Obamanation, if obama is president, you are right about that.

    May 13, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  14. Franky

    Hell yeah!!!!! They're gonna go at it! I'm telling you, this is a very special year. The Reps better hope they win and not only win, but by a good margin....ohhh and by the way, that's where the action is at for now, LOL!!!!

    May 13, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  15. Jazzy

    It is a pity that Hilary R. Clinton is often mentioned in the comments as if we are voting for both Bill and Hillary at the same time. President Clinton had his 8 years. It is not a choice between the Clintons (plural) and Obama. It is a choice between Hillary and Obama. Lose Bills name when you speak of the presidential nominee for the democratic party. Bill Clinton served his term. Now the choice is between Hillary and Obama. Whoever wins the nomination, I hope that it is done fairly. Once again it is not the Clintons but Clinton.

    May 13, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  16. Roger

    Let's let Hillary finish the race. If Obama becomes president, I'm 100% sure that he is going to be a disgrace to the democrat party and everyone that supported him. Then in four years, Hillary will be elected president and have to clean up Bush's and Obama's mess. Also, the next time we have a non-white candidate, people will vote for issues instead of voting based on skin color and speeches.

    May 13, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  17. Sharon Minnesota

    Has anyone thought about Obama's commitment to Darfur's warfare and what he might do to end the African Nation's conflicts. If you think Iraq was a mistake wait until you see what he has planned for our military on that continent. I would love to get a peek into the future on this subject. But then it might be too frightening to see.

    May 13, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  18. Chris

    Funny how Obama Fans are calling for Hillarys supporters to unite the party, but go CRAZY with the results of a Gallup poll that says most want a joint ticket???? Now who wants to unite the party?

    May 13, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. Diane Panama City Fl

    Since the RNC tried this ploy in North Carolina and received a thrashing, how can they possibly think it will work this time? Isn't the definition of insanity to keep doing the same thing, expecting a different result?

    May 13, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Harry in Irvine, California, you're right. I also have notice that CNN is not giving us the superdelegate count recently. CNN please keep your reporting real because that's the main reason I've always preferred you over other news. CNN do what you do best, report the news without bias.

    May 13, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. dmw

    I hope Hillary is NOT on the ticket with Obama. He is going to lose big in November and we want Hillary to run again in 2012. I will not vote for Obama and I will write in Hillary's name in November, otherwise I will vote for McCain.

    May 13, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  22. Extinct Snipe

    A connection of the little known, basically insignificant Childers event in Mississippi to Obama's win as President of the United States of America is like suggesting that the flutter of a butterfly's wings in Mississippi is going to cause an earthquake in the White House. Once again this must be a case of Hillary "misinformation mongering," and what with James Carville speaking out recently in favor of Obama, we'd better blame it on ole James too, just to be safe.

    May 13, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  23. Ben

    Obama is spending time in Mississippi helping with Childers while Hillary is thinking of her own self in West Virginia. For all the raciest in this country, that is one of the changes I would like to see. Pack your bags, we want your raciest butts out of our politics! There is only room for one race in the United States and that is the American race. Sex and race have no say in who can be the United States President, get over it.

    May 13, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  24. steve

    As part of the "operation chaos" ,
    somebody informed me that Rethugs were told to flood blogs with comments, to bash clintons and supporters pretending to be Obama supporters. The effect, to alienate the clinton supportes from supporting Obama in the GE.

    This is the new GOP strategy from Rush and ROVES.
    Dems be aware.

    May 13, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  25. Rose

    McCain should pick Hillary as Vice-President!!!! And then she can lose twice. LOL

    May 13, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
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