WATER VALLEY – Democrat Travis Childers won a decisive victory over Republican Greg Davis in the May 13 runoff election that drew national attention to Mississippi and Yalobusha County.
The runoff vote total of 2,262 in Yalobusha County was more than twice that of the of the April 22 special election when 1,077 ballots were cast, according to Circuit Clerk Daryl Burney.
Childers, described as an anti-abortion, pro-gun-rights Democrat, is the first from his party to represent the First Congressional District since 1995.
The New York Times used Yalobusha County as an example of one of the places in Mississippi where many who voted for Democrat Childers were still likely to vote for Republican John McCain in the presidential election. (Here is a link to the NY Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/16/us/politics/16south.html?ref=us)
In Yalobusha County, Childers received 1,332 votes May 13, a 270 percent increase over his April 22 total of 493. Davis received 930, only a 180 percent increase over his 514 votes in April.
The amount of money spent on the campaign is reported to have been massive with over $1 million from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and more than $600,000 from the National Republican Congressional Committee. That money is in addition to nearly $1.5 million raised by the two candidates.