House Democrats won a conservative northern Mississippi House seat in a special election tonight, a victory certain to send shock waves through the ranks of congressional GOPers.
The Associated Press called the race for Prentiss County Chancery Clerk Travis Childers (D), shortly after 10 p.m. eastern time. With 81 percent of precincts reporting, Childers held a 51 to 49 percent edge over Southhaven Mayor Greg Davis (R).
The victory marked the third time this election cycle that Democrats have won a Republican-held seat in a special election and seemed to suggest that the national political atmosphere could significantly broaden the House playing field in the fall.
As Patrick Nielsen Hayden said via Twitter: "This is like Dr. Doom losing an election in Latveria."
Mississippi's 1st district had long been a conservative stronghold. President George W. Bush won it with 59 percent of the vote in 2000 and 62 percent in 2004. Roger Wicker (R), whose appointment to the Senate seat vacated by Trent Lott (R) created the vacancy in the House, had held the district easily since 1994 -- never winning reelection with less than 63 percent of the vote.
And the wingnuts are, as predicted, wailing and rending their garments in dismay. Check out this post at Hot Air, especially the clip from Alien....
Game over indeed.
What can I say other than HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!!!!
Oh, I know what else I can say...we're coming to take our country back, assholes. Follow or get out of the way, because you've already shown you can't lead.