GOP sees efforts bear fruit

Rep. Greg Snowden, R-Meridian, said people are finally beginning to understand that party affiliation is important in state legislative and national congressional elections.

“I think what has happened is that the voter back home now understands party makes a difference,” he said. “It may not make a difference in county supervisor races, but it makes a difference in legislative races. It is a numbers game.”

State Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, said the problem is the messaging of his own party. For instance, he said, Democrats do not do enough to combat charges that they are liberal because, through the years, they have supported full funding of education. In general, Republicans have not.

Supporting education, he said, is not a liberal stance.

“It concerns me the Democrats are doing a terrible job of letting people know what we believe,” he said. “It distresses me that Democrats are allowing the other party to identify us in an inaccurate way.”