Mississippi Churning

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Hillary netted 12 delegates tonight. Big-time win. Little-time impact.

But the bigger electoral story tonight is the victory of Democrat Travis Childers in a special election in a Mississippi district that gave George W. Bush 63 percent of its vote in 2004.

Basically this is a safe. fucking. seat. No way a Democrat should have been competitive. Much less won. As Kos points out, there are 110 or so GOP districts that are less conservative than this one. Long story short, the Republican minority in the House could be in for a world 'o hurt in November.

And NRCC chair Tom Cole knows it, sending out a gloomy email tonight telling his colleagues to brace themselves: "I encourage all Republican candidates, whether incumbents or challengers, to take stock of their campaigns and position themselves for challenging campaigns this fall..."