Friday Election Notebook
MS-01: Alan at Yall Politics has the first of any polling done on this race. They showed a 51-42 lead for Travis Childers over Alan Nunnelee. Had Nunnelee with a 24 point lead on his nearest GOP challenger. Showed 90 percent name ID for Childers and 50 percent for Nunnelee- obviously something he needs to make up. The good news for Republicans? The generic ballot is 51-42 R, Obama has a 56 percent disapproval rating, and those who have heard of both Childers and Nunnelee prefer the Republican by 14 points.
MS-01: The Tupelo Tea Party sent out a “Get To Know Your Candidates” email with a short bio of the First District candidates that they sent in. Good info. to read up on some of the Third Party candidates you may not know a lot about. Only thing I am going to point out is that Angela McGlowan says she is a member of Clear Creek Baptist Church. It is on Highway Six west of Oxford. Thought this was interesting considering the residency questions she receives.
MS-01: Also in the email from the Tupelo Tea Party, they will be hosting most of the candidates to speak at their next event on April 3. We will post more specific information when we get it. Also worth noting, I said most of the candidates. Travis Childers will not be there, and I honestly wouldn’t be there if I was in his shoes so I’m not going to knock him for that.
MS-01: This is the latest statement from Alan Nunnelee regarding healthcare: “Nancy Pelosi and the Washington liberals are bypassing the democratic process with deem and pass and they want us to begin paying for the program several years before we get any benefits. This is like being forced to buy a car but not allowing you to drive it for several years. The American people deserve better!”
MS-01: Here is the full press release the Mississippi GOP sent out yesterday regarding Travis Childers and healthcare. You may notice they play it pretty safe when it comes to the Republican primary. They don’t mention any of the candidates and from the looks of it will stay out until after the primary (which is wise). They do say, however, say that any of the GOP candidates would oppose the bill and are a better fit for the district.
MS-01: Alan Nunnelee had an op-ed in the Daily Caller yesterday titled, “Amputate the partisanship from healthcare debate.” He closes with this line: “Most of the people from Mississippi I talk to everyday believe that the Democrats are ignoring the will of the American people. They want Congress to start over and live up to the promises of solving our country’s problems. My conservative values will help bring to Washington effective policy alternatives for the good of Mississippi’s First District and our country.”
MS-04: The Steven Palazzo campaign sent out an email yesterday directing supporters to Campaign Diaries, a blog that covers elections throughout the country. They recently downgraded this race from Safe Democrat (which we still rate it at) to Likely Democrat. They said, in part: “His (Gene Taylor) electoral track record make him a solid bet for re-election, but if there is any year the GOP could unseat him, it’s in 2010. State Rep. Steven Palazzo has announced he will challenge Taylor, which is as serious a challenge as any the staunchly conservative Democrat has received recently.”
MS-04: Palazzo said this about the ratings change: “While the ultimate vote will occur this November, I am encouraged to hear that after less than a month since we announced our campaign of Putting Mississippi First, we are making a difference. Over the coming weeks and months, I look forward to visiting with the residents and voters in the Fourth District as we continue our journey. I am confident that with South Mississippi by my side we will return this congressional district to the people and Put Mississippi First not Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama.”