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Nunnelee-Childers Poll Coming Tomorrow

October 19, 2010
tags: 2010 House, Alan Nunnelee, Gene Taylor, MS-01, MS-04, Steven Palazzo, Travis Childers
by Brett

Tomorrow morning, The Hill will release their latest series of polls and this includes the race in the First between Travis Childers and Alan Nunnelee. The polling was done by Penn Schoen Berland, and this will be the first independent poll that has been released.

After we get the results, we will get those numbers to you and analysis to go along with it.

Palazzo and Taylor to debate next Friday. Last that we knew there would be no debate between Fourth District opponents Gene Taylor and Steven Palazzo with both sides blaming the other for the fallout. However, this afternoon the Sun Herald reported that there will be one debate: On Friday, October 29 (the Friday before the election).

The debate will air live starting at 6 p.m. on WKFK out of Pascagoula, while being simulcast on News Radio 104.9. You can also check the debate out online at and

Kipp Gregory of 104.9 will be the moderator and you can check out this page for some more information, including how to propose questions for the candidates.

Two things stood out to me: First, the campaigns have turned down offers from the likes of USM, the Sun Herald, and WLOX who- with all due respect to WKFK- have a bigger reach and simply make more sense (especially when there will only be one debate). Also, there will be no live audience. Palazzo wanted an auditorium setting, Taylor did not (that ruled out the Sun Herald and USM). And apparently Palazzo’s sticking point was that he didn’t want the debate to be edited (which ruled out WLOX).

Nunnelee joined by Barbour on tour. Alan Nunnelee continued his district-wide God and Country Bus Tour today, and was joined by Haley Barbour for part of the day. Yesterday, Nunnelee was accompanied by Phil Bryant. It’s clear that the most prominent and well-liked Republican leaders in the state are making a push for Nunnelee as we hit the two weeks to go point.

Taylor and Palazzo talk Pelosi. In a Sun Herald article from this morning, Gene Taylor was quoted as saying he was angered by the ads- both from Palazzo and the NRCC- linking the Democrat to Nancy Pelosi.

Taylor said this: “Palazzo and his cronies have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars running television ads that lie about my voting record. Here is the truth: The 111th Congress convened in January 2009. Since then, I have cast 1,466 votes. Of these 1,466 votes, Nancy Pelosi agreed with my vote 34 times. That is 2 percent of my 1,466 votes.”

The Palazzo campaign later responded with this: “Of course he is angry. His cover has been exposed. He’s voted with Nancy Pelosi’s liberal agenda over 80 percent of the time. The voters of South Mississippi now knows he supports unprecedented tax hikes on the middle-class, small businesses, retirement accounts and married couples and has even supported failed bailouts that helped increase our debt to $14 trillion dollars.”

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