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United States House of Representatives elections in Mississippi, 2008

The 2008 congressional elections in Mississippi were held on November 4, 2008 to determine who will represent the state of Mississippi in the United States House of Representatives. The primary election for candidates seeking the nomination of the Republican Party or the Democratic Party was held on March 11, with a run-off being held for the Republican nomination in the first and third districts, and for the Democratic nomination in the first district.

Mississippi has four seats in the House, apportioned according to the 2000 United States Census. Representatives are elected for two-year terms; those elected will serve in the 111th Congress from January 4, 2009 until January 3, 2011. The election coincides with the United States Senate special election to fill the remainder of Trent Lott's term, the regularly scheduled 2008 United States Senate election, and the 2008 U.S. presidential election.

With the results of the 1st congressional district special election included, the Mississippi congressional delegation consists of three Democrats and one Republican.

The only race not forecasted as safe for the incumbent party was District 1.

Overview

United States House of Representatives elections in Mississippi, 2008[1]
Party Votes Percentage Seats +/–
Democratic 731,805 57.86% 3
Republican 527,330 41.69% 1
Independents 5,612 0.44% 0
Totals 1,264,747 100.00% 4

District 1

This district covers the northeastern part of the state, including the cities of Columbus, Grenada, Oxford, Southaven, and Tupelo. Democrat Travis Childers is the Representative to the district, having defeated Republican Greg Davis in an April 22 special election. Childers and Davis are set to face each other again in November[2] along with Green Party candidate John Wages, Jr., a college professor and farmer; and independent candidate Wally Pang, a restaurant owner.[3] CQ Politics forecasts the race as 'Leans Democratic'.

Mississippi's 1st congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Travis Childers (inc.) 185,959 54.46
Republican Greg Davis 149,818 43.88
Independent Wally Pang 3,736 1.09
Green John M. Wages, Jr. 1,876 0.55
Total votes 341,389 100.00
Democratic hold

District 2

This district consists of the Mississippi Delta and most of the capital city of Jackson and is Mississippi's only majority-black district. Democrat Bennie Thompson has been in office since 1993, when he won a special election to replace Mike Espy who had resigned to become Secretary of Agriculture under President Bill Clinton. Thompson is challenged on the Republican side by teacher Richard Cook.[3] CQ Politics forecasts the race as 'Safe Democrat'.

Mississippi's 2nd congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bennie Thompson (inc.) 201,606 69.05
Republican Richard Cook 90,364 30.95
Total votes 291,970 100.00
Democratic hold

District 3

Republican Chip Pickering is retiring from Congress after what will be 12 years of service. The candidates are Republican Gregg Harper, attorney and chairman of the Rankin County Republican Party; Democrat Joel Gill, Pickens town alderman and a cattle broker; and independent candidate Jim Giles, a former systems engineer and white supremacist.[3] CQ Politics forecasts the race as 'Safe Republican'.

Mississippi's 3rd congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Gregg Harper 213,171 62.54
Democratic Joel Gill 127,698 37.46
Total votes 340,869 100.00
Republican hold

District 4

Democrat Gene Taylor, has represented the district since 1989. He is challenged on the Republican side by Methodist minister and Air National Guard officer John McCay III.CQ Politics forecasts the race as 'Safe Democrat'.

Mississippi's 4th congressional district election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Gene Taylor (inc.) 216,542 74.54
Republican John McCay III 73,977 25.46
Total votes 290,519 100.00
Democratic hold

References

  1. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2008/2008Stat.htm#stateMS
  2. ^ : Childers wins 1st District for DemocratsClarion Ledger
  3. ^ a b c : Mississippi Elections & Elected Officialsuselections.com

External links

  • Elections Division from the Mississippi Secretary of State
  • U.S. Congress candidates for Mississippi at Project Vote Smart
  • Campaign contributions for Mississippi congressional races from OpenSecrets.org
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