GOP set for big congressional gains in Dixie

Mississippi 1 (Tupelo, etc.) Travis Childers (D), completing his first full term and before that a well-liked county officeholder, is fighting the GOP tide in a district that McCain carried 62 percent to 38 percent. As important, Childers has a well-financed, well-known, politically experienced challenger in state Sen. Alan Nunnelee (R). At mid-year, Childers had raised $1,321,000, but Nunnelee had brought in $899,000 – a lot for a challenger. Moreover, the leading GOPers reached a pre-primary agreement and avoided a divisive intra-party battle. An August 30-September 1 Anazalone (D) poll gave Childers 46 percent, Nunnelee 41 percent. Before Childers, whose victory in a special election in May 2008 signaled coming Democratic gains across the South, the district had a Republican congressman. Leans Republican.

Southern Political Report
9/9/10