Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Last Night’s Results

Hillary Clinton’s win in West Virgina was a foregone conclusion and it probably won’t change the Democratic race other than keep the pundits talking. That’s the only reason I can fathom that MSNBC carried on until all hours last night when they called the race two seconds after the polls closed.

But what was more interesting was this little tidbit of news:

Democrat Travis Childers won Tuesday’s Mississippi special election runoff for Sen. Roger Wicker’s (R) former House seat, handing Democrats the biggest of their three special election takeovers this cycle and sending a listless GOP further into a state of disarray.

Childers led GOP candidate Greg Davis 53-47 with more than 90 percent of precincts reporting. Turnout increased substantially over the 67,000 voters who cast ballots in the April 22 open special election, with more than 100,000 voting in the runoff.

Childers, who beat Davis 49-46 three weeks ago but came up just shy of a race-ending majority, joins new Democratic Reps. Bill Foster (Ill.) and Don Cazayoux (La.) to give Democrats a trifecta of upsets in conservative House districts over the last two months.

The loss could send shockwaves through the Republican Party, where murmurs about a leadership shakeup have become more and more audible.

Democrats are backing up the assertion that they remain on the offensive in the cycle following a 30-seat gain, which has historically not been the case after a “wave” election.

I’m guessing that there’s more than a little angst and freakage going on in GOP circles this morning.