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  •  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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