Campaigns Express Optimism One Week From Vote
The Commercial Appeal had a recent profile on the MS-01 primary, which along with the race in the Fourth District, will take place a week from today. As you would expect, all three campaigns said they are anticipating a close race but believe they have the momentum and are in position to win.
Morgan Baldwin, a consultant for the Alan Nunnelee campaign, said the perceived frontrunner is taking nothing for granted. “You run unopposed or you run scared, and we’re not unopposed. We’re continuing to concentrate on a conservative message as we crisscross the district,” Baldwin said.
Jeppie Barbour, field director for Henry Ross, reiterated his campaign’s belief that this is a horse race (as we mentioned on Saturday) and said he anticipates Tuesday being a long night until a winner is declared. Hunter Lipscomb, Ross’ campaign manager, said the campaign is not referring to polling data, but that they have “been given reason to believe” this is a dog fight.
Angela McGlowan’s campaign coordinator, Richard Walters, said there campaign is feeling optimistic citing three Tea Party straw polls that were won by McGlowan. “Things are going great for us. Momentum has been building over the past month, and it’s been great seeing all the people wanting to get behind her,” Walters said.
Nunnelee’s fundraising. In our post on Saturday regarding the email from the Ross camp one of the things they noted was that Nunnelee has been raising money during the home stretch of the primary. They don’t say if that is there reason behind the boost of confidence (and I won’t speculate), but they do call it a bad sign for Nunnelee. Nunnelee’s campaign responded by saying they are raising money for the potential general election fight with Rep. Travis Childers (who has already raised over a million dollars). “The campaign has always focused on November, and you have to have money to run against an incumbent. It’s not the pretty part, but you have to do it,” Baldwin said.