The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal Editorial, 10/29/8

One of the most unusual and intense congressional campaign seasons in Mississippi history comes to a close in six days, and voters no doubt are ready for it to end.

The Senate race between Roger Wicker, the Republican incumbent by gubernatorial appointment, and Democratic challenger Ronnie Musgrove has been disappointingly negative, dominated by the relentless distortion of attack ads beneath the dignity of two good candidates.

The 1st District congressional campaign between incumbent Democrat Travis Childers, the spring’s special election winner, and second-time Republican opponent Greg Davis has been better than the last round with more focus on issues and less mudslinging.

Sen. Thad Cochran, meanwhile, has campaigned on a high level with his challenger, Democrat Erik Fleming, unable to raise enough money for a high-profile effort.