Like the other two pickup seats, some past election results in the Mississippi district point to high Republican support. Republican Rep. Roger Wicker received 66 percent of the vote there in 2006, and 1st district voters gave 62 percent to President Bush in 2004. Wicker left the seat to fill the Senate seat of Trent Lott, who resigned in December.
But Childers, who casts himself as a conservative, has demonstrated Democratic potential in the district and given Republicans a run for their money. He placed first in the April 22 special election, just short of a majority necessary to avoid Tuesday’s runoff. Childers has highlighted high gas prices, his pledge not to sign new trade deals and education, among other issues on the campaign trail.
CQ Politics rates the race No Clear Favorite.