Road to 60: Mississippi Well Within Range for Democrats
by Jonathan Singer, Thu Jul 24, 2008 at 04:48:38 PM EDT
The non-partisan Research 2000 company has released polling out of Mississippi commissioned by Daily Kos, and yet again the numbers show that the special election race to fill the unexpired term of Trent Lott is a remarkably tight one.
Roger Wicker (R): 45 percent
Ronnie Musgrove (D): 44 percent
With these new numbers in the mix, the latest Pollster.com trend estimate actually shows Musgrove ahead by a similarly narrow margin, while the overall average of the past four polls shows an exact tie. In short, this race is about as tight as they come, and as was the case with the special election in the state's first congressional district, which was held to fill the unexpired term of Wicker, the partisan affiliation of the two candidates will not be mentioned on the ballot -- a fact that would seemingly helps the Democrats.
Musgrove's competitiveness, and the relatively high likelihood that he would be a part of the Democrats' 60-seat majority in the 111th Congress should they achieve that target, are a testament to why he's a part of MyDD's Road to 60 Act Blue page. This race is a back-breaker, one that sends a signal to the country that the regional party that is the Republican Party doesn't even have a lock on the South anymore. But it's not just that. I noted last week Musgrove's strong support for the Employee Free Choice Act, a position that shows that he is with us on economic issues. Musgrove also recently articulated his support for net neutrality (a position now held by every major Democratic Senate challenger this year), which also shows that although Musgrove won't be the most reliable vote in the Senate he will nevertheless be a part of the coalition on a number of the votes most important to our community (certainly a more reliable vote than Wicker).
So if you haven't yet had the opportunity to show your support for Musgrove -- or the other candidates on the MyDD Road to 60 list, for that matter -- head over to Act Blue today and make your voice heard. Even a $5 contribution to each candidate on the list would make a big difference in helping the Democrats reach the 60-vote, filibuster-proof threshold in the Senate.