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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soundoff (133 Responses)
  1. randy,miami

    Please the good people of mississipi please vote for democrat.travis.

    May 13, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. Jewish Women for Obama

    Go on you republican counter-productive fear-mongering farts... Obama will win and that Obama-bashing strategy will guarantee a democratic majority in congress for years to come....

    Obama/Hagel 2008 & 2012

    May 13, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. Mike Birmingham, AL


    Pay no attention to the group that is posing as Hillary supporters trying to rally support for McCain or Hillary as an independent candidate. They are just Operation Chaosers trying to stir things up.

    Vote Democrat in '08!

    May 13, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Even my dog could beat a an election for public office.

    May 13, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. Sue / PA


    Please dont call anyone uneducated. You dont need a piece of paper to do your research and use common sense. If in their heart of hearts, Clinton supporters dont feel they can vote for Obama in the GE, well, frankly, it is their freedom to do so. Right now I believe, Clinton supporters are just very dissapointed. Time will heal and IF they are TRUE democrats...they will be marking Sen Obamas name in the GE.

    Obama supporters....refrain from negitive is not our way!!!!

    Thank You
    Older Female White Voter.................................Obama 08

    May 13, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  6. mike concerned democrate

    GET RID OF THIS DIVISIVE SELF SERVING CLINTON ONCE AND FOR ALL – She lies, manipulates, panders and does or says anything to get her way.... she can't manage her campaign finances nor her own people and we want this as a potential Vice President get a grip !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Evaluate the facts rather than pandering to the spin – Send her to pasture .............

    May 13, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. Edward

    It should be obvious by now to everyone that the brains behind ythe Obama campaign anticipated the situation we are currently in. They would like, but are not counting on all the traditional democratic votes for a win in November. This is why they began the campaign by attracting new voters: the young and dissaffected with a brand new exciting message. It was a gamble but one that I think has worked . I think it is equally obvious that if Obama were to succeed in November it will not be because of any institutional support within the demaocrat party; not due to any natural affinity to a huge block of voters; not because he had an easy opponent. I believe an Obama victory would be , to a large extent, due to the hiorrible Presidency of George W Bush.

    May 13, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. shirley ann


    You can act the fool if you want to do so! Remember what McCain represents. We'll see if you feel that way come November when all of us will probably be paying 5 bucks or more at the pump. You'll change your mind then.

    May 13, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. Vivienne

    Well if we find that Reverend Wright works for the GOP, wait until the dems roll Rod Parsley out on John McCain. As I see it, once the American people realize that a worldwide introduction of Rod Parsley to the International community of Muslims may very well unify them against Christians... even though the conflict in that region has nothing to do with Christians ... but John's spiritual guide has called for the destruction of Islam and preaches that this country was created for the purpose of destroying Islam. Boy, it would only take one crafty sheik to loop Parsley's love speech kinda the way our media looped Rev Wright's hate speech and BAMMM, our soldier wake up with a region of Muslims united against Christians (Yeah, because that is just what we need to be more safe). I feel that if Obama can be linked to Rev Wright and held responsible and be believed to be under his influence... don't believe that Rod Parsley can't be linked to John McCain and be believed to be under his influence.

    May 13, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. Pam

    That republican dude looks like he just left a frat party.

    May 13, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. a REAL American

    Man, Darth Vadik, you just keep the intelligent comments rolling in, don't you? First, you remark that Greg Davis "looks" corrupt and inbred–first of all, what exactly does "corrupt" and "inbred" look like, and secondly, you are judging him by his appearance. That is prejudice, and is no different than someone blasting Obama because he is black (partially). That makes you a hypocrite, although I'm sure in your mind it's justifiable.

    The comment about McCain working for the antichrist (GOP) is even more idiotic and hypocritical, because when Republicans/conservatives use biblical language like that you left-wingers ridicule them as "religious nutjobs", right? Right back at 'cha!

    May 13, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. Vivienne

    I feel that if Obama can be linked to Rev Wright and held responsible and be believed to be under his influence... don't believe that Rod Parsley can't be linked to John McCain and be believed to be under his influence. On one hand you would have to believe that half white Barack, who was loved on for the first 26 years of his life by his white family, is 20 years later racist against half of himself and blame white people who he has been intimate with and lived in the same homes with and shared the same soap that washed his butt and the same toothpaste that brushed his teeth and the same toilet to relieve himself and drank and ate from the same dishes and slept under the same bed clothes… you would have to believe that he believes that people, white people are doing something to black folk that he is angry about and has judged them based on what Reverend Wright feels about white people?. Okay, it’s a stretch but, if you can make it work then… Okay.
    On the other hand you can believe that Rod Parsley is going to and has influenced John McCain, the war monger, to morph the conflict in Islam into a Christian against Muslim uprising.

    May 13, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. Montana is Obama Country

    ..............Yes...We..Can.. is change you can believe in..

    ..............WRITE in votes are throw away votes.. They don't count..

    What a waste for the economy, what a waste for American children...

    May 13, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. Mike Birmingham, AL


    Pay no attention to the group that is posing as Hillary supporters trying to rally support for McCain or Hillary as an independent candidate. They are just Operation Chaosers trying to stir things up.

    Vote Democrat in '08!


    May 13, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. Majority Rule Moral Majority

    The people of Mississippi are too smart to elect Hussein's cronies to office!

    May 13, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. real obama supporter


    but mr childers don't deserve being picked. he tryed to denounce himself from obama. obama endorced him now he says it ain't true so he lies. the republicans ran adds on him with obama and he denies any connect to obama. we need no more liears

    May 13, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  17. real obama supporter

    give it up
    you are as disalusioned as hillary
    she can't do that she ran in the primary so just fall in love with obama and if you vote mcsain
    then you are republican to start with

    May 13, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  18. Peter

    Obama supporters you do a disservice to the democratic process.
    You suppose to be the educated voter and the no racist one. In any article you bias HILLARY, you price high anyone that endorse Obama and discredit Hillary supporters and disregard the States that she wins. We support HILLARY simple because she is the best and the most qualified candidate to be president.
    HILLARY 08

    May 13, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  19. christine

    obama for president we need change period and mississippi will vote demo because of obama people are tired of the republican kinda politics and american are smart to vote for this gotcha politics instead of real issues i think republicans need to come up with better positive politics if they want to win anything we are tired of there politics

    May 13, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  20. leon

    To Obama's Supporters,

    What you do not understand is that after 15 months of reading your messages of hate and insults for Hillary's supporters and for what we believe in we can't switch our minds and pretend that everything is fine. Even now you keep attacking our candidate and us and instigated by the Obama's campaing and by himself you have portrayed a picture of Hillary and her followers that is unfair. You haev been as divisive as you said we have been. So I really do not feel that I should forget all that and fgive my vote to someone that does not represent my values.

    We supported Hillary and not Obama because we do not believe on him. Because we saw like an onion that his skin pilled off and we saw who he really is. A vulgar and average politician who is willing to push his pastor and friend under the bus.

    We will reunite but to protest Obama when he will go to Florida like you intended to do in West Virginia yesterday shame on you.

    May 13, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  21. H


    May 13, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  22. Allen, Lubbock, TX

    No democrats are tired of this constant arguing and gridlock in washington...hillary said she wants to fight, and we are sick of fighting. By all means vote for john McCain or write in Hillary, but you are only hurting yourself as your own candidate has said that voting for John McCain is a dumb logic!
    You don't care about her to much or you would listen to her pleas to unite behind the democratic candidate...oh yeah, you are only concerned with women's issues and making the first woman president not with winning the election!

    how sad!

    May 13, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  23. jC

    Johnny Be Good
    What's your beef? You don't know Hillary, so you hate her. How about me being forced to accept BO as my dem nominee? He is, that's that. And he gets my vote. Suck it up Johnny! She's brilliant, competent, able, and awesome, whether you femaleophobes want to admit it or not. Check out her Bio and then get back to me about being "FORCED" to have her on the ticket. She's fought her entire adult life for the uneducated and the undereducated members of our society, such as yourself.

    May 13, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. Hm

    This is not your Grand Daddy's's a whole new day! People all over this wonderful country are soooooo tired of the same old tired politics year after year... Let's be bold America and try something different please...Dare to Dream!!! Release the fear!

    May 13, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. Ra'mon

    What this country needs is a benevolent dictatorship-Congress with their pork and the special interest groups are the ruination of this country and make a mockery out of the democratic process.

    May 13, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
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