Many Republican candidates may fear a loss in November and be tempted to move left in order to garner more votes. We would suggest that instead of compromising conservative values, that those candidates work to explain the principles of the Constitution and the long-term importance of adhering to those principles. Let all of us to encourage them to hold firmly to our legacy of freedom.
GOP Stunned By Loss in Mississippi
By Reid Wilson
In a major blow to national Republicans, a Mississippi congressional seat that once voted for President Bush by a twenty-five point margin elected a Democrat on Tuesday. Prentiss County Chancery Clerk Travis Childers beat out Republican candidate Greg Davis, the mayor of Southaven, by a 54%-46% margin, a spread that several Republican strategists on Capitol Hill characterized as a startling wake-up call for a party in dire straits…
The loss has already shaken establishment Republicans in Washington. After losing special elections in Illinois and Louisiana, the House GOP conference already expects a bad year for their party. But those two districts voted for President Bush by eleven and nineteen points, respectively, not by a whopping twenty five points. “People are going to want change,” said a top aide to a leading House Republican. “The excuses, that [Davis] didn’t have the resources or that he wasn’t from the right part of the district, that’s just not going to hold up.”
As Childers heads to Washington in the next several days to take the oath of office, Republicans now find themselves at a 37-seat disadvantage in Congress. And with a difficult election coming in November, one in which they will likely find themselves financially and politically outgunned, national Republicans are already making plans for the future. No one, though, is likely to try to force leadership changes before November. “I don’t imagine anyone running against Chairman Cole,” the adviser to the endangered Republican said. “Because Who would want this job?”