Former Congressman Seeking Mississippi Senate Seat

Former Mississippi Rep. Travis Childers announced Friday he will run for Senate, putting a legitimate contender in place for Democrats as a potentially nasty primary plays out on the Republican side.

Childers, who won a 2008 special election to Mississippi’s 1st District and then a full term later that year, gives Democrats a top recruit in a state that leans heavily Republican. The odds are against him, but the move puts pressure on Republicans as Sen. Thad Cochran faces a spirited challenge from tea party-backed state Sen. Chris McDaniel.

“Regular people and small businesses across Mississippi are still hurting in this economy, but Washington is more partisan and dysfunctional than ever,” Childers said in a statement. “That has got to change. What I know is that the old ways of Washington aren’t working, and a new breed of partisanship isn’t the answer.”

The former congressman announced his bid just a day before Mississippi’s filing deadline. He’ll have a couple of months to prepare for the general, as Republicans duke it out in the June 3 primary. The hope for Democrats is that McDaniel knocks out the six-term incumbent, providing an opening against an untested and conservative Republican.

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