Emily Wagster Pettus: Miss. Republicans too far to right paying price?

Two state senators with proposals that grabbed headlines and divided their colleagues are not returning to the Mississippi Capitol next term.

Sens. Nancy Adams Collins of Tupelo and Phillip Gandy of Waynesboro were both defeated in the Republican primary in August. Their defeat raises questions about whether it’s a successful long-term strategy to appeal to the most conservative elements of the GOP, even in Republican-dominated Mississippi. Trying to appeal to the most liberal elements of the Democratic Party has long been a no-win strategy for most candidates in the state.

Clarion Ledger
10/17/15