May 13th, 2008
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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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  1. mitchell from arkansaw

    no hillary for vp!

    May 13, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. Mike Kaplan

    Why are so many of the posts on this "ticker" so utterly incoherent?
    From the supposed "Democrats" who would vote for McCain instead of Hillary (or Obama), when Hillary and Obama have nearly IDENTICAL positions on almost every issue.....to the completely incoherent rants like "linoue", who says

    "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!!!"

    Seriously, what is this inane post even trying to say? Who or what is "BO"?

    CNN, why have a moderator at all if you are going to print posts that don't even make GRAMMATICAL sense?

    -mk

    May 13, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. Justin, New Hampshire

    Neither Obama nor Hillary will be effective in the White House without support from Congress. There has to be more "changing of the guard" if we are to realize change in this country. Red states must continue to go "Blue" as in my state.

    May 13, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. Dee from Texas

    Go Democrats, this is what Obama is doing. He is the best one to fill the house and senate with DEMOCRATS!

    May 13, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. John Smith

    The majority of democrats are "idiots" and will always be idiots. Recall, that given that most of the "educated" folks come from the Republican Party, you do not gett his type of in-fighting in the Republican party.

    How can any democrat, given the history of the Clintons, want these folks back in the White House? Don't you people learn from the past? The Republicans has a good sense of history!

    Hillary (and her followers) should run as an Independent candidate. That way, only the educated folks with strong morals and history can stay with Obama and the democratic party. It is a new-movement. I think we need to purge the democratic party of the "uneducated folks" who lack the sense of history.

    May 13, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. justobserve

    An Obama-Clinton ticket will ensure McCain the presidency! Maybe it's a move to ensure Clinton's resurrection in 2012 as in the case she continues to attack Obama to destroy his chance. Clinton lost the nomination due to her character that voters can see more and more now during the prolong campaign, if they didn't see it before during her co-presidentcy in the 90s. Tenacity is an admirable trait but when tenacity is coupled with malice and selfserving, it is downright repulsive. That's why she had fallen from the "inevitable" to an "unelectable". Clinton on the ticket only drags Obama down with her. He has a full hand fighting against the repub, let's not burden him with defending Clinton's bad records. Obama is the one who can attract Independents and Republicans, but Clinton is truly hated by the Republicans. Obama should get one of the other capable women, without Hillary's character, to be VP to balance the ticket.

    May 13, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. John Smith

    Let me try one more time:
    *The majority of democrats are "idiots" and will always be idiots. *Recall, that given that most of the "educated" folks come from the *Republican Party, you do not gett his type of in-fighting in the *Republican party.

    *How can any democrat, given the history of the Clintons, want these *folks back in the White House? Don't you people learn from the *past? The Republicans has a good sense of history!

    *Hillary (and her followers) should run as an Independent candidate. *That way, only the educated folks with strong morals and history can *stay with Obama and the democratic party. It is a new-movement. I *think we need to purge the democratic party of the "uneducated folks" *who lack the sense of history.

    May 13, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  8. MELMARIE

    Who cares! Didn't this guy distance himself from Obama when Rev. Wright became an issue.

    May 13, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  9. Uncle Sam

    Although not aligned with either party, I applaud those Democrats who are breaking ranks to support Sen. McCain. The welfare of our country is too important to place in the hands of an unknown, inexperienced, untested, and unproven presidential hopeful with questionable judgment. I understand that the American people are anxious for change, and that we tend to blame the president and his party but, nonetheless, I ask you to consider John McCain. By his own admission an imperfect servant, but I trust him to lead our country. And I do not have to take his word for it, his sacrifices speak loudly enough for me.

    Americans for McCain '08

    May 13, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  10. leon

    TO ALL HILLARY'S SUPPORTERS

    WE ARE PREPARING A WARM WELCOME TO OBAMA ON MAY 21ST WHEN HE IS PLANNING TO BE IN FLORIDA. LET'S GET OUR HILLARY SIGNS AND DEMOSTRATE OUR OPPOSITION OT A VULGAR AND FALSE POLITICIAN LIKE OBAMA WHO HAS PAINTED HIMSELF AS A NEW KIND OF POLITICIAN BUT HAD SHOWN HIS REAL VALUES AS SOMEONE ABLE TO PUSH HIS PASTOR AND FRIEND UNDER THE BUS.

    UNITED WE CAN SHOW OBAMA THAT HE WILL NOT HAVE OUR SUPPORT THAT WE DO SEE WHO HE IS AND THE WE WILL VOTE FOR HILLARY ALL THE WAY IN NOVEMBER BUT NEVER FOR HIM.

    RALLY WITH US HILLARY'S SUPPORTERS AND INDEPENDENTS OBAMA DENIED US OF OUR VOICE BY REFUSING TO GIVE US THE RIGHT TO VOTE AGAIN. HE AND THE DNC LEADERS SHOULD CHANGE THE NAME OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AS IT IS NOT DEMOCERATIC ANYMORE.

    ABAJO OBAMA!!!
    OBAMA GO BACK TO ILLINOIS!!!!

    May 13, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. Billy J Austin,TX

    I hope Hillary gets Wesley Clark on the ticket as VP. That would be the best thing she could do with the influence that she has. Obama is going to need SOMEONE with some military experience and just plain executive chops to balance out the liberal effete thing. She wants to VP because this process has ruined her chances for Senate majority leader, thanks to guys like Kennedy and Kerry. But the office would be better served with Clark. She should go back to the senate and continue to be one of the few folks that actually fixes stuff.

    But our party is going to have to do something to get all the blue collar converts George W gave us, back. All the republican pretenders and actual liberal effete's that have been making fun of white people who couldn't afford to go to college or chose not to take out 100,000 dollars worth of loans to go and instead went to work and raised families, have seriously damaged our "party of the people" image. It doesn't help when you say that they are hicks and won't vote for a snob because of his skin color... smacks of hypocrisy (not accepting someone because they live in a blue collar world)

    Populism! Yea! Effete-ism Boo!

    May 13, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  12. Michael, an indepedent

    Anytime the Republicans play the Rev Wright story to sway voters, it is only reinforcing that the Republicans feel that America is NOT beyond race. So, if you vote Republican, you are, in fact, supporting racial diviseness in America.

    Is it more important to stay loyal to the Republican party OR prove that America is not racist and vote for the candidate that is best for the State or the Country?

    May 13, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. Mary, WV Tech

    Childers show some balls. Mississippi is tired of the same politics. I grew up in Mississippi the state rank last in just about every thing. They want change for a better future.

    Vote Obama!!!

    May 13, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. Cammi317

    Quote from a West Virginian woman in the LA Times today:

    "I'm going to write in Hillary on the ballot," Jester said outside the IHOP, crushing her half-smoked cigarette. "I want to see a woman in there before I see a . . . " She stopped, and her sister finished the sentence with: "a man of color."

    Gee, I wonder what she was going to say.....

    OBAMA 2008

    May 13, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  15. demwit

    Where is CNN writing down and publishing the names of those pledged delegates??

    I must know which of these DNC "elected party representitives" to hold responsible for Hillary not getting the nomination even after she wins the popular vote among democrats!! Especially after John McCain wins in November!!!

    May 13, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  16. crooksandliars

    NO OBAMA / CLINTOM TICKET!!!!
    PLEASE..NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    May 13, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  17. Wake Up America

    at the fools lining up for VP. Here are a few possible tickets:

    Obama/Hamas 2008

    Obama/Rev Wright 2008

    Obama/Ayers 2008

    Obama/Clinton 2008

    Obama/Sharpton 2008

    Let's go. Rally around these potential running mates. Obama's wife is anti american, his pastor is a racist and anti american, his friends support terror and are racist. Do you think he is any different? How diverse is your group of friends and family? You hang with people who are just like you. Look at who Obama has been hanging with all these years to figure out who he is like..

    WAKE UP AMERICA

    May 13, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  18. Tom

    By endorsing Obama the dem reveals himself to be willing to support someone who doesn't believe every vote counts (MI, FL, WV, KY) – only the states that will vote for him. Obama also really shouldn't be declaring himself the victor even if/when he actually does win – let someone else do it – to declare it yourself before it's really over would show him to be the self serving narcissist that he really is and that not campaigning in the states who won't vote for him is another example. He cares about himself and his wife cares ONLY about him and (hopefully) her family. We already know how she feels about the rest of us.

    May 13, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  19. Lawrence, a person of conscience

    RE: If you vote republican, you are, in fact, supporting racial diviseness in america.

    Michael? That's the equivalent of saying, if you vote against Clinton, you are a sexist pig. That is simply not true.

    People need to vote their conscience wether or not they are republican, democrat, independent, etc. One needs to look at all available information and not just what party they are.

    May 13, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  20. Ron

    who made the racist comment she is a typical white person after saying this person made racist and ethnic slurs that made him cringe

    May 13, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  21. HILLARY CAN WIN IN NOVEMBER!!

    OH YES, THEY ARE STARTING ALREADY!!!!!!

    OBAMA WILL NOT BE ABLE TO HANDLE THIS!!!!!

    HE IS TOO WIMPY!

    ONCE THEY BRING OUT LARRY SINCLAIR AND THE QUESTIONS ABOUT WHY OPRAH LEFT WRIGHTS CHURCH HE WILL BE TOAST!!!

    IF THE SUPER DELEGATES GIVE OBAMA THE NOD THEY ARE SCREWING ALL OF US OUT OF A WIN IN NOVEMBER!!!!!

    HILLARY CAN WIN AGAINST THEM AND THEY KNOW IT!

    THE WRONG CHOICE FOR NOMINEE WILL DOOM US ALL!!!!!!!!

    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!

    May 13, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  22. Martin

    I was a Hillary supporter but very disappointed in her recent remarks over the last few weeks.

    Her and Bill are going beyond rewriting the rules.

    1. When she was ahead in pledge delegates, super delegates and popular votes she was on top of the world. No mention of Michigan or Florida. She new the rules, if she didn't then thats a person I don't want as our Commander and Chief.

    2. When she was ahead in super delegates she abandond the popular vote argument .

    3. No she is losing super delegates she is saying she will win the popular votes which she is counting Michigan and Florida. WOW!

    I truly hope when Hillary loses in super & and pledged delegates and the popular vote, she just keep her distructive words to herself.

    Still undecided 2008.

    P.S. Senator Edwards, Your not a super delegates, So keep your two cents to yourself if your not going to endorse a candidate. Your 15 minutes are up. Please endorse or stay of our TV.

    May 13, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  23. HILLARY CAN WIN IN NOVEMBER!!

    OBAMA CANNOT WIN IN NOVEMBER!!!!!!!!

    SWIFT BOAT!!!!!!!!!

    May 13, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  24. TonyNJ

    I make this appeal to the good people of Mississippi to vote with both your heart and with your head. Hillary Clinton is not a quitter! She knows want our country's wants are. Hillary Clinton knows what our peoples needs are, and she will hit the White House floor a running, as she does not need to be tutored as she is experienced in the world of Washington and the world. The People need jobs. Hillary Clinton will work to make the state of our economy, first on the agenda. This will keep roofs over the people's heads and food on their plates. It will also help to restore our Right to Dignity, which comes hand in hand with employment and a paycheck, but mysteriously disappears when the pink slip makes its dread appearance in the time card slot. Obama can go around in a pair of jeans and make his attempt to make a victory lap around the Senate chambers. The race is not over! Great People of Mississippi, as in the past, you can make history which will make your children's children proud as they are of their ancestors by supporting the experienced candidate, the one who will not forget you after Election Day, the one who knows what the people of our great country need, Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, Now, Now, Now! Health Insurance, so we are not plagued with the prospect of going into debt after receiving a hospital bill God forbid. Please Give Hillary a chance. Give Hillary your support. Help Hillary to help you! The election is not over yet Mr. Obama! The Great People of The State of Mississippi have the right to have their votes counted too and they deserve a President who has experience solving problems and who will get our country back on track. She will do it, if you just give her the chance. Remember Miss Liberty, Our Country Under God, and the candidate who needs your help today, so she can help you tomorrow, Hillary Clinton. Thank You!

    May 13, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  25. Unite Demos

    It is time for the democratic party to unite. Clinton gave the race everything she had and has lost fair and square. We need to start addressing the issues of this country. the economy, healthcare, education, ending the war, saving social security.

    It is us againt them. It is not us against us (which means they win??)
    Clinton supporter: don't think for one minute that McCain identifies with the issues that you must obviously identify with if you are supporting Clinton. OBAMA does. If you do the research, compare whate he is saying in his speeches, compare his stance on the issues to McCain.

    I don't believe that Clinton does not care about this country. She even wants her supporters to vote democrate, no matter who the nominee is.

    The Republican plan is to divide and conquer.

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