Childers was one of three Democrats to steal a conservative-leaning House seat in a series of 2008 special elections, and at the time he was hailed as the kind of candidate who could reclaim parts of the South for Democrats. But he was defeated by 14 points in the GOP-dominated 2010 election by now-Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.).
Since then, the former Prentiss County chancery clerk has focused on his real estate business.
Mississippi has gone between 55 and 60 percent for the last four GOP presidential nominees.