Brian Walsh

In this R+14 district, MS-01 – which is formed around the population centers of Columbus, Oxford, Southaven, and Tupelo – is one of the best Republican pick up opportunities in the country.  This seat has only voted for a Democratic presidential candidate once since 1956 and elected then-Congressman Roger Wicker (R) with 63% of the vote in 1994.  Senator McCain won here with 62% of the vote in 2008, as did President Bush in 2004. 

In 2008, Travis Childers surprised many in the political field when he narrowly beat Southaven Mayor Greg Davis in a special election following incumbent Roger Wicker’s appointment to the U.S. Senate.  Childers won the election, going on to beat Davis in the general election by a slightly wider margin. 

This is clearly a district with a strong Republican base and Childers’ voting record over the past two years has led to an unfavorable opinion amongst the electorate.  Though Childers refers to himself as a Blue Dog Democrat, his alliance with the Pelosi agenda has been blatant. He has voted with the Democratic Party 81.5% of the time, demonstrating where his true loyalties lie.  While he voted against the final version of the healthcare takeover bill, he waited until just a couple days before the vote to make his decision known – after it was clear Pelosi had the votes to pass the legislation. Childers also voted for the failed “stimulus,” the $787 billion massive spending package that has piled debt on the backs of the next generation and done nothing to bring down unemployment.

Prepared for a tough battle against Childers is State Senator Alan Nunnelee, whose political and personal background will resonate deeply with voters in the First District.  Over the years, Alan has been instrumental in cutting down on wasteful spending and working to ensure his constituents are properly represented.  His work on Medicaid led to a decrease in the use of government funds and his pro-job growth agenda led to the establishment of a Toyota manufacturing plant to be located in Blue Springs, Mississippi, bringing in much needed jobs to the region.  Nunnelee has also worked hard to protect the values of the people of Mississippi, championing the rights of unborn children, working to preserve the sanctity of marriage, and fighting to protect the phrase ‘In God We Trust.’ 

With the Republican primary in the past, all of the contenders have coalesced their support behind Alan and our party is united heading into the November election.  Just last week, a poll was released showing Alan with an 8 point lead over Childers – highlighting the competitiveness of this race. 

To learn more about this race, be sure to check out Alan’s website, as well as his Facebook and Twitter pages. 

Brian Walsh

Brian Walsh is the Political Director of the National Republican Congressional Committee.