(CNN) - On Tuesday, Democrat Travis Childers won a key Mississippi House seat against Republican Greg Davis. The district was thought to be a stronghold for the GOP, with the seat held by Rep. Roger Wicker since 1994.
The state’s governor appointed Wicker to the Senate seat of Trent Lott at the first of the year. Many in Republican circles are interpreting this loss, along with those of two other House seats in traditionally conservative districts, as an ominous sign for the November election.
Meanwhile, the congressional Democrats raised over $44 million for the upcoming campaign, while Republicans have only pulled in an estimated $7 million. And earlier this week, retiring Republican Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia sent out a memo calling the current political climate “the worst atmosphere we've seen since Watergate.”
On ABC’s “This Week” House Minority Leader John Boehner spoke with George Stephanopoulos about the chances for Republican gains in the fall.
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“There's no question that the environment for Republicans is a difficult one,” Boehner said.
However, he was quick to deny any connection between the unpopularity of President Bush to his party’s odds of retaining their seats. “George Bush isn't on the ballot in November,” he asserted.
The Minority Leader also remained optimistic that voters will not turn against the GOP as they did in congressional elections two years ago. ”We learned our lesson after the 2006 elections,” Boehner said.
CBS’ “Face the Nation” featured Florida Republican Governor Charlie Crist. When asked about the recent loss of three key House seats, Crist responded, “It's not a great trifecta.” As a way for the GOP to rebound in the fall, Crist advocated Republicans get their message back to a more positive trifecta: “lower taxes, less government and more freedom.”
Crist helped get the campaign of presumptive Republican nominee John McCain back on track with an endorsement before Florida’ primary. He is often mentioned as a possible running mate for McCain.
Karl Rove stopped by the “Fox News Sunday” studio this morning to give his take on the state of the Republican party. The former adviser to President Bush offered advice to party leaders, emphasizing the need to “treat the arguments of the Democrats as substantive and get away from labels,” citing the recent loss in Mississippi as evidence of this failed strategy. Rove also suggested that Republicans “sharpen the contrasts with the failed promises of the Democratic Congress,” citing low approval ratings for congressional Democrats.
Conservative radio talk show host and CNN contributor Bill Bennett spoke with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer about GOP mistakes on “Late Edition.” He told Blitzer that Republicans like Rep. Tom Davis are making a mistake by publicly admitting that the party is in trouble. “A lot of Republicans say we're in serious trouble, we're doing the wrong thing,” Bennett said. “They've got to stop behaving this way.”
NBC’s “Meet the Press” had interviews with Democratic Virginia Sen. Jim Webb and a panel with former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.