Thursday Election Notebook
MS-01: Henry Ross got some press from CQ Politics this morning as the primary heads into the last weekend. Ross feels his outsider credentials have helped him get to this point and credited the Tea Party movement as well. It is funny how things change in politics. When Angela McGlowan entered the race, she was the one getting the publicity as the possible outside threat to Alan Nunnelee and Ross barely could get any press.
MS-01: Alan Nunnelee downplayed expectations in that article by saying that his goal was to lead the ticket, adding, “The mathematics of a three-way primary make it very hard to win it outright.”
MS-01: The Desoto Times Tribune posted a story yesterday following an interview with the three First District candidates. They posted links to their responses in that story.
MS-01: John Anzalone, who is a pollster for Travis Childers (and other Democrats), offered some interesting insight on Childers, Southern Democrats, and 2010. When asked about the national mood, he doesn’t think it will swing already conservative district stating: “It has nothing to do with the national Democratic Party. It has everything to do with them being conservative and independent and the things they do parochially for their districts. So those races will actually be more similar to their races in the past.”
MS-01: Angela McGlowan posted a campaign update on Facebook on Tuesday where she said (among other things) that “the momentum behind this campaign has never been better!”
MS-01: When talking about a proposed tax hike on oil companies to help pay for the spill in the Gulf, McGlowan ratcheted up the populist appeal saying this: “It is insane that the American people may have to pay for the irresponsibility of big oil and a greedy Congress and Administration.”
MS-01: Nunnelee was featured in the Desoto Times Tribune with this profile piece.
MS-02: I do want to give a shout out to the Second District as we have just not been covering what is going on there (due to the lack of news and the near impossible task of defeating Bennie Thompson), but three Republicans will face off on Tuesday to take on Thompson. They are: George Bailey, (2008 nominee) Richard Cook, and Bill Marcy.
MS-03: Similar story in the Third, but the three Democrats vying to take on Gregg Harper are: (2008 nominee) Joel Gill, James Jackson and Shawn O’Hara.
MS-04: There is a short write up in the Mississippi Press on Tuesday’s primary between Joe Tegerdine and Steven Palazzo.
MS-04: Tegerdine said this on Facebook on Tuesday: “I am proud to be the only endorsed TEA PARTY candidate in this race!”
MS-04: Tegerdine liked the results of Tuesday’s primary in Idaho where a Republican who was outspent by his opponent who was part of the NRCC Young Gun’s program won, saying there are “some similarities to our race.”
MS-04: Palazzo has a profile type piece in the Picayune Item yesterday where he talked about the campaign, his background, and the issues he is focusing on. One thing we have touched on many times here, but was brought up in this piece again was the issue of Tegerdine only living in the state since 2007: “Being from here is extremely important. You can’t really understand the concerns and issues of South Mississippi unless you have roots here and you haven’t lived here during the good times and bad times of South Mississippi.”
MS-04: Palazzo said this about the claim by some that he was ducking debates with Tegerdine: “We had just wrapped up the legislative session and on April 20 the oil spill hit, and I told WLOX I would debate Tegerdine if my schedule allowed it. I have been consumed by the oil spill crisis. That comes first. I am not going to rearrange my campaign to fit into his schedule. We have debated a number of times previously, but in the next several days I plan to be in about 10 other counties campaigning up until Monday night.”
MS-04: Tegerdine sent out a fundraising call yesterday saying, “We still have a ways to go to keep our ads running to June 1.”
Fundraising: The AP did a story yesterday on the fundraising numbers from the GOP primary candidates in the First and the Fourth (good thing you read this blog so you already knew all that).
2011 Governor: Sid Salter talks 2011 politics, specifically the possibly crowded GOP primary for governor. Salter said that when he last asked SofS Delbert Hosemann about running, he said he was “coy…with no definitive answer either way.”
Johnny Morgan: You can read all about Patsy Brumfield’s report from Johnny Morgan’s ‘Good Ol’ Boys’ get together last week in Oxford that serves as a ‘who’s-who’ of Mississippi politics. Interesting stuff.
MSGOP: Y’all Politics reported that on Tuesday two prominent Leflore County Democrats filed to overthrow the Leflore Country Consent Decree that they had agreed upon with the Mississippi GOP stemming from a host of campaign violations that occurred in the country during the 2008 elections. The new rules would allow the sheriff to enforce election rules when a violation occurs.