Road to 60: Mississippi Well Within Range for Democrats

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 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.

Tags: Mississippi, MS-Sen, Road to 60, Senate 2008 (all tags)



Re: Road to 60: Mississippi

I had already chosen Musgrove as the Senate candidate to get my monthly 30.01..

This would surely be a ball breaker for the GOP

by nogo postal 2008-07-24 06:46PM | 0 recs
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Uh, all but two House Democrats and every Senate Democrat and Lieberman voted for the Employee Free Choice Act.  

So, by the definition used in the diary, Melissa Bean, Brad Ellsworth, Mike Ross, Max Baucus, Ben Nelson and Bill Nelson are all basically "with us on economic issues."  

Now, given the paramount importance of the EFCA, there is some degree of truth to this.  However, it also makes "with us on economic issues," when used in this sense, a pretty meaningless method of evaluating which Democratic candidates to support.

by DanM 2008-07-24 07:09PM | 0 recs
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Yes. And Roger Wicker voted against the Employee Free Choice Act. That's the point.

by Jonathan Singer 2008-07-25 10:56AM | 0 recs
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Well, I see two possibilities here:

1)The point is that Democrats--pretty much any Democrats--will support the Employee Free Choice Act, while Republicans will, in general, not.  If this is the case, the simple fact of mentioning Musgrove's support for the EFCA is duplicative, as you could've just said that he's a Democrat (and, ergo, he will support the EFCA).  If this is the case, I'm not sure what the logic is in supporting any particular Democrat, seems like you might as well just give to Democrats at complete random.

2)The point is that Musgrove's support for the EFCA implies some real commitment to economic justice.  As I mentioned, I just do not find this to be the case.  I don't think that Mike Ross is committed to economic justice, and I certainly hope that MyDD isn't about to start raising money for him.

by DanM 2008-07-25 09:28PM | 0 recs
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Check out Musgrove's record on Education - increased funding - teacher pay raise.  He won't always be with us, but he understands that government helps provide opportunity and many are being left behind.    

by BWA 2008-07-24 08:01PM | 0 recs
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Can you find me a single Democrat in congress who's against increasing teacher pay?

It's all well and good that Musgrove strongly supports a couple of progressive things that are overwhelmingly popular among congressional Dems--even Blue Dogs--but it is not meaningful evidence that he'll be "with us" on harder economic votes--will he be "with us" on universal health care? Or changing DHS regulations to enhance worker protections? Or paying for new investments by repealing the Bush tax cuts?

I'm open to being convinced that Musgrove is progressive on economic issues, but noting that he is supportive of a couple of issues that are wildly popular in the party and are supported by pretty much all congressional Dems is a silly way of trying to demonstrate that.

by DanM 2008-07-25 04:17AM | 0 recs
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That's kinda the point.  Do you want a Democrat in a state like Mississippi that'll support us on most issues, or a Republican in there that'll support us on none.  In fact, they'd be encouraged to actively block our agenda.

Big picture people.

by hello world 2008-07-25 04:24AM | 0 recs
Great news but...

Can we trust DailyKos?  I just sadly feel like they are um, biased to say the least.   Not a big fan. Yes, you CAN be a progressive and NOT fall in line with everything.  Just like HuffPo is a little over the top for my taste....

Either way- if the poll is correct (and I think it could be)- this is just another great piece of news in what looks to be a great year.  

by easyE 2008-07-24 09:16PM | 0 recs


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