Can Nunnelee capitalize on his advantages?

JACKSON — Real Clear Politics rates the Mississippi 1st District U.S. House race between Democratic incumbent Travis Childers of Booneville and Republican challenger Alan Nunnelee of Tupelo as a Republican lean. The Cook Political Report rates the race as a tossup.
On paper, this looks like it should be a pickup for the Republicans in November. Republican John McCain defeated Democrat Barack Obama by a 62-37 margin in the 1st District in 2008 at the same time Childers was winning his first full term to the U.S. House with nearly 55 percent of the vote.

Bobby Harrison
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