Republicans Get Candidate In House District 111

Republican businessman Charles Busby recently announced his candidacy for House District 111. This is the South Mississippi seat currently held by Democratic Rep. Brandon Jones, who won his first term in 2007.

Considering the conservative leanings of the district and the narrow win for Jones four years ago, this will likely be one of the most competitive races this fall. In fact, Jones won by just 11 votes in what was the closest race of the year. He did this while Haley Barbour was winning 76 percent of the vote in the district at the same time. While those types of numbers make this a prime pickup opportunity for Republicans, it also says something about Jones that he was able to win despite that handicap for any Democrat. Has four years in the legislature changed voters minds?

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2/11/11