With less than two weeks to go before Election Day and polling numbers showing the special Mississippi Senate election to be within the margin of error, former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove (D) held a campaign event this week with Virginia Sen. Jim Webb (D).
The pairing of Webb and Musgrove was no accident.
Not only is Musgrove attempting to emulate the success that Webb had in 2006 when he came from behind to win a Senate race in what had been Republican territory, but, like Webb, Musgrove is doing so with a huge assist from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
The latest spending numbers show that the DSCC has dropped some $5 million into the Mississippi Senate contest as Democrats seek to knock off appointed Sen. Roger Wicker (R) in the special election to fill the vacancy created when Sen. Trent Lott (R) resigned at the end of 2007. Some Republicans say they wouldn’t be surprised if DSCC spending reached $6 million or even $7 million by Election Day.
By contrast, the National Republican Senatorial Committee has spent just more than $2.5 million in the Magnolia State as of this week.