Salter: Shrill tone of CD01 race likely script for 2016

Republicans should watch the special election in the state’s First District as a dry run for the looming 2016 presidential and congressional races in Mississippi. Expect to hear the same basic themes from GOP candidates fighting to emerge from primaries.

Increasingly, campaign seasons in Mississippi are becoming pretty brutal internal contests between members of the same party to emerge from their primaries – then to adjust their appeals to general election audiences in November.

Modern technology, social media and new media outlets are making that journey more difficult and less politically plausible in each succeeding election.

In the final days of the campaign, it will be interesting to see who gains the necessary separation to survive this crowded, rather confusing race.