Democrat Travis Childers again failed state party hopefuls today by letting another day pass without announcing his campaign for U.S. Senate, leaving the former 1st District Congressman just three days to meet the qualifying deadline.
Mississippi Democrats not named Jim Hood have struggled to win statewide election since 1999, when powerful Republican Haley Barbour knocked the wind out of squeaky-voiced incumbent Gov. Ronnie Musgrove trying to stay in the governor’s mansion.
Democratic defeat of six-time incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran has never happened. For years, Democrats fielded only token challengers to Cochran’s re-election bids but this year could buck the trend. Currently, only tea party Republican turned-tea-party Democrat Bill Marcy has filed papers on the blue side. For the record, conservative Marcy does not send a thrill up the legs of most Mississippi Democratic Party leaders.