Gene Taylor is in Danger of Losing Re-election
Challenger, Steven Palazzo Surges in Tarrance Group Poll of MS-04

An internal Tarrance Group poll paid for by Steven Palazzo, conservative Republican congressional challenger against Gene Taylor, showed Taylor with a slight lead of +4 points, 45% to 41 – a statistical tie. The margin of error is +/-5.8%.

Taylor’s marginal lead in the head-to-head poll is only part of the story. Among voters who know both candidates, Palazzo leads Taylor by +13 points, 52% to 39. Among voters who describe themselves as “extremely” likely to vote, Palazzo leads by +11 points, 48% to 37.

The news only gets better for Palazzo. On a generic Congressional ballot, Republicans are twenty points ahead of Democrats. Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District is widely considered one of the most conservative districts in the entire country.

When asked why his campaign is surging, Palazzo responded, “Gene Taylor fundamentally does not understand that the Obama tax hikes he supports will kill jobs during our recession. America does not have a revenue problem; we have a spending problem, and Gene Taylor still doesn’t get it.”

“Taylor is wrong on new tax hikes, and he is wrong on his support for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House. Now he says he’ll support Ike Skeleton who votes with Pelosi 95% of the time – not much change there. People of South Mississippi overwhelmingly want to see a change of the guard,” says campaign spokesman Hunter Lipscomb.

The announcement of the poll results comes on the heels of a story broken by the Politico showing the NRCC’s interest in the campaign. According to the Politico, the NRCC is examining whether or not to widen support to more campaigns to include Steven Palazzo.

Palazzo’s frontal assault against Taylor has apparently sparked the entrenched incumbent to sign onto Congressman Steve King’s (R-IA) discharge petition to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or ObamaCare, thus further highlighting Taylor political endangerment.

Steven Palazzo MS-4 Campaign Release
9/27/10