A Mississippi Litmus Test
After losing two House seats in two conservative districts in two months, Republicans are cringing at the thought of another special election catastrophe. But today’s run-off to replace seven-term GOP Rep. Roger Wicker (who replaced the retiring Sen. Trent Lott earlier this year) in Mississippi’s conservative 1st District is closer than many expected, leading both parties to hit the campaign trail hard in recent days with cash and incumbents.
this morning lends a sense of what’s at stake:
A third loss in Tuesday’s 1st District special election would prompt new predictions of electoral doom in November, hurt the party’s already flagging morale and usher in a new round of public finger-pointing among an already fractured GOP leadership.
So desperate are Republicans to keep the seat that Vice President Dick Cheney visited the district Monday. Given the administration’s dismal approval ratings, though, that might not be the type of help they need.