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  •  Musgrove was governor here. (0+ / 0-)

    Not many people are going to forget he's a Democrat, sorry.

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    by Chris Carlson on Wed Sep 03, 2008 at 01:21:12 AM PDT

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    •  From wikipedia: (2+ / 0-)
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      "Musgrove campaigned as an independent and conservative candidate, downplaying his membership of the Democratic party and avoiding inviting any national figures to support him."

      The fact is the D and R won't appear on the ballot. Hopefully the D voters remember Musgrove's a D and the R voters forget which is which, or just remember Musgrove's name. This is advantage to Musgrove any way you look at it in Mississippi.

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      by Big Danny on Wed Sep 03, 2008 at 07:13:52 PM PDT

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      •  Even better (1+ / 0-)
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        Because it is a Special Election, the candidates will be listed alphabetically on every ballot in MS. That is worth 2 to 5 points right off the top.

        Meanwhile Musgrove seems to have dodged a bullet. The Repubs were starting out trying to smear him about a link to a bankrupt meat plant and some campaign contributions allegedly bribes. (Hey, that shit worked well against Gov Siegelman in Alabama, so ...) But that case didn't even get to trial, and that smear sort of lost its excitement.

        •  ya. And this special election shouldn't have been (1+ / 0-)
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          scheduled for November. Lott resigned in December 2007, so he could become a lobbyist a year later instead of two years later. The Governor was supposed to schedule a special election within 100 days of Lott's resignation.

          Haley Barbour, the Republican governor, wanted to give Wicker more time to campaign against someone like Musgrove, who had more name recognition at the time. Barbour and the Mississippi Attorney General disagreed. The language of the law had some ambiguity, although that was due mostly to the plain-spokenness (for lack of a better word) of the law and the Miss Supreme Court agreed with Barbour.

          So, long story short, Wicker was allowed to stay in Lott's Senate seat about 8 months longer than he would have before he'll face reelection.

          Had it been held earlier, such as on March 11, Miss's presidential primary day, Musgrove likely would have won. Democratic turnout was so high that Obama crushed Clinton with 61% of the vote, but Clinton still had more votes than all Republican candidates combined. Obviously Musgrove would have had a built-in advantage and Wicker would have needed thousands of Republican to vote weeks after McCain became the presumptive nominee.

          "Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity." -Horace Mann

          by Big Danny on Thu Sep 04, 2008 at 10:49:46 AM PDT

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