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Is The GOP Targeting Gene Taylor?

December 23, 2009
tags: 2010 House, Gene Taylor, MS-04, NRCC
by Brett

For all the talk about Congressional Democrats from GOP-leaning districts, Rep. Gene Taylor usually gets passed over as a potential GOP pickup. And the reasoning is obvious. Serving since 1989, Taylor has never faced major competition for re-election.

In his last four elections, Taylor has won with totals of 75 percent, 64 percent, 80 percent and 75 percent. At the same time, his district gave 64 percent of the vote to George W. Bush in 2000, 68 percent in 2004, and 67 percent to John McCain in 2008. Because of that, MS-04 is ranked as the 21st most Republican district in the country- yet a Democrat has cruised to re-election year after year.

All the political insiders rate his seat as Safe Democratic. The general consensus appears to be that this is Taylor’s seat for life, but as soon he gives it up the GOP should easily be able to take over.

That theory made it rather interesting to see that the National Republican Congressional Committee is targeting Taylor in its latest round of robocalls (h/t Y’all Politics). The NRCC is going after 16 Democrats from either red or purple (swing) districts. The scripts tend to focus on economic issues, rather than healthcare.

Also on the list of NRCC targets includes other well entrenched red-district Democrats such as Ike Skelton of Missouri and John Spratt of South Carolina. Without knowing the full cost of this expenditure, this may be more of an effort by the GOP to plant a seed in voter’s minds and see what happens.

Because of the makeup of the district, the GOPs interest is obvious, but because of the landslide victories for Taylor, it questions that interest. Does the NRCC and the GOP know something we do not know?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Conservatives Unite Against Taylor permalink
    March 7, 2010 8:45 pm

    Gene Taylor has fooled people for many years I hear the Tea Parties have someone running against Gene.


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