Race for Trent Lott’s old seat competitive

Wicker cautions against reading too much into the fact that Musgrove is giving him a real race to finish out the last four years of Lott’s term.

Thad Cochran and Lott have “been our senators since most people can remember and now that the seat is open, it’s going to be a competitive race, and I never expected anything other than that,” Wicker shrugs.

But the fact that a Democrat is able to seriously challenge a Magnolia state Republican in a GOP stronghold for a seat in the Senate is almost heresy in Mississippi, which hasn’t had a close Senate race in two decades. It could bode ill for Republicans all around the South and maybe the nation.