The obvious divisions in the Mississippi Republican Party, which are likely to intensify as Chris McDaniel presses his election challenge in court, are more severe than any in recent memory. But while the current circumstances are unique, it’s certainly not the first fissure in the modern state GOP.
To a degree, what we’re seeing today has roots decades ago when the Republican Party emerged as a potent political force in the state.
For most of its history, Mississippi was a one-party state. The Democrats were that party.