Board up your windows, lock up your livestock and clean out the storm shelter – big-time national politics is coming to north Mississippi.
And it’s not the presidential race, yet.
Reason for the excitement is one of the most competitive U.S. House races in the nation. Republicans had thought the seat formerly held by Roger Wicker was a safe one, but Democrat Travis Childers of Booneville has proved them wrong with his county courthouse network.
His Republican opponent, Southaven Mayor Greg Davis, took a big, early lead in Tuesday’s special election, then watched it slowly erode as rural results came in across the 24-county district, which covers most of the northern third of the state.
Now, it comes down to a head-to-head contest in the May 13 runoff, perhaps a predictor of their Nov. 4 matchup for a two-year term in Congress.