Democrats celebrate Tuesday win; battle moves to runoff

Mississippi Democratic leaders on Wednesday were celebrating a Tuesday-night victory by Walter Zinn Jr. in the first round of the north Mississippi U.S. House race, in a district considered staunchly Republican.

They were also celebrating results of the Biloxi special mayoral runoff, where a former longtime Democrat – now Republican — beat out a candidate who had the backing of the state’s GOP leadership, including Gov. Phil Bryant…

…”That’s the funniest thing in the world to me, how people who are consistently wrong in their predictions, keep on making predictions,” said Democratic Party Chairman Rickey Cole. “… With the miniscule resources he had, Walter did a wonderful job in turning out his voters. Republicans did a poor job of turnout yesterday … I believe the election on June 2 will be right down to the wire.”

Cole said he was working the phone Wednesday, drumming up support and financing for Zinn from state and national party sources.

“I love a special election,” Cole said. “It’s like playing poker with aces, deuces and one-eyed jacks wild. We are going to support (Zinn’s) successful grass-roots efforts and expand on them.”