Democrats in Mississippi win big
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Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 09:48:04 AM EST
Despite (or perhaps because of) endorsements made by Gov. Phil Bryant (R) and other Republican state officials, voters in Mississippi elected a surprising number of Democrats in several hard fought mayors races.
From cottonmouth blog (link at end of diary):

"In Tupelo, 37 year old Jason Shelton became the first Democrat elected to the mayor's office in nearly thirty years.  The people of Tupelo rejected dirty politics and Republican power plays.

Parker Wiseman won reelection despite facing strong opposition from Governor Phil Bryant and the Mississippi GOP.  Starkville will continue to progress under Parker's leadership.

In Meridian, Percy Bland became the city's first African-American mayor and the first Democratic mayor in a generation.  Despite direct meddling from Phil Bryant, the people of Meridian chose their own mayor.

Connie Moran became the first mayor of Ocean Springs elected to a third term.  She defeated another handpicked and strongly backed crony of the state and local Republican establishment."

Tupelo is especially interesting because it is the home of the American Family Association, a right-wing 'Christian' organization that is solidly Republican.

Perspective is needed. Mississippi remains solidly red at the state level; virtually all important state officials are Republicans. It does seem to show, however, that locally at least, people are more and more rejecting the Tea Party/Republican agenda and that having the endorsement of our Republican governor doesn't really help local GOP folks to win races.
There are people of goodwill here trying to make some progress, and Tuesday's election results do seem to show a weakening in the Mississippi GOP juggernaut.

http://cottonmouthblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/ms-democratic-party-a nd-mdt-joint-press.html




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