Despite the Republican Party’s best efforts, including the recruitment of Dick Cheney (who apparently spoke to a noticeably underwhelming crowd at a small convention center in Northern Mississippi), Democrat Travis Childers beat Republican Greg Davis in yet another race the Republicans were supposed to win.

Anyone notice a pattern?

From The New York Times:

“[T[he Republican strategy of trying to link Mr. Childers to more liberal national Democratic figures fell short, as it did in Louisiana. Indeed, voters here were bombarded by advertisements equating Mr. Childers with Senator Barack Obama, a tactic intended to turn conservative whites away from Mr. Childers and which some politicians said played on white racial resentments… In the end, tying the white Democrat to the black presidential candidate may have helped Mr. Childers more than it hurt him, as campaign aides reported heavy black turnout, heavier than in a vote three weeks ago when he came within 400 votes of winning.”

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