Rep. Steven Palazzo (MS-04) has a massive edge in the money race to defend his seat, which he wrested from Democrat Gene Taylor in 2010. According to the Biloxi Sun-Herald, he has over $300,000 in cash on hand, while either of the Democrats on the primary ballot have yet to file any reports with the FEC.
Prior to 2010, Taylor had held the seat since 1989.
The early snapshot on the ground here on the Gulf Coast does not look good for Democrats. Palazzo already has his operation in full swing, with TV ads, radio ads, billboards, and signs highly visible, even for what should be an easy GOP primary victory. Support for the leading Democratic candidate, Michael Herrington of Hattiesburg, has been far less visible.
Even though Palazzo only won 52-47 in 2010, I fear this formerly Democratic seat may be gone for good.