Today is the filing deadline for federal candidates in Mississippi. Neither Senate seat is up, and it may surprise you to learn that three of the four U.S. House seats are currently held by Democrats.
In the 1st district, Democrat Travis Childers managed to win 54 percent of the vote in a district where John McCain won 62 percent. He’s not quite a freshman Democrat; he won a May 2008 special election before winning a full term in November. He’ll face either Angela McGlowan, well known for her appearances on Fox News, or state senator Alan Nunnelee, who is showing healthy fund-raising, or lawyer Henry Ross.
In the 2nd district, Democrat Bennie Thompson is in his eighth term, representing a district where 65 percent of registered voters are African-American. Republican Richard Cook faces an uphill climb in a district where Obama carried 66 percent of the vote; another Republican with the perfectly cinematic name of George Bailey is running. (Perhaps he should be running for the seat that represents Bedford Falls, Pa.)
In the 3rd district, Republican Gregg Harper will face Democrat Joel Gill, who ran against Harper in 2008 and won 37 percent of the vote.
In the 4th district, Democrat Gene Taylor is in his tenth term, and cruised with 75 percent of the vote in 2008, even while McCain was winning 67 percent of the vote. He’ll face either state representative Steven Palazzo or executive Joe Tegerdine.
For obvious reasons, the 1st district seat looks most competitive, but Taylor also seems like the type who has to be careful about appearing out of step with his district; he was the first Democrat to call on Charlie Rangel to step down as chair of the Ways and Means Committee. He’s only raised $238,949 so far, which seems a little low for a longtime incumbent.