Democrat Travis Childers won a Republican-held seat in a Mississippi special election Tuesday. This is a stunning upset in the state’s First Congressional District, which George Bush carried with 62 percent in 2004. The election was to fill a vacancy created when Roger Wicker, the district’s former Congressman, was appointed to the U.S. Senate to fill Trent Lott’s seat. Lott, a Republican, resigned in December in order to become a lobbyist.
Republicans had run ads against Childers tying him to Sen. Barack Obama. These would appear to have backfired, as Childers won with more than 53 percent of the vote. Democrats now hold three of Mississippi’s four congressional seats.
This is the third Democratic pickup of a Republican-held seat since the 2006 elections. In Illinois Democrat Bill Foster now holds the seat of former speaker Denny Hastert and in Louisiana Democrat Don Cazayeaux took the seat of former Rep. Richard Baker.
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