Two MS Democrats lose congressional seats - - Jackson, MS

Two MS Democrats lose congressional seats

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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - The nail-biter of the night took place in South Mississippi, where incumbent Congressman Gene Taylor ran a close race against Republican Steven Palazzo.

On a platform of taking back our country, the 40-year-old State Representative clinched the Congressional seat with 51 percent of the vote.

"This country exists because God allows it to exist... if we continue to turn a blind eye to that fact, I fear the day he may turn a blind eye to us," said to the roar of the crowd at during his victory speech.

Taylor, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee, is a blue dog democrat, voting against numerous Democratic policies including President Obama's Healthcare Bill.

Even so, the 21-year Congressman couldn't fend off the link to a wasteful Democratic government.

"I know of at least one young man from Stone County who's life was saved because of the Hospital Ship Comfort that came to Pascagoula after Hurricane Katrina," he said during his concession speech.

In North Mississippi, Republican State Senator Alan Nunnelee captured 52 percent of the vote, winning the hearts of those who want change.

"I think this race never was about two good men. This race was about the future of America," Nunnelee told reporters.

Incumbent Democrat Travis Childers, who ran as an independent voice and a conservative Democrat, captured 41 percent of the vote in the district where he served two years as congressman.

"This is my home. I want to make it a better place. We hoped we'd escape it, but we accept the will of the voters," he said.

Congressman Gregg Harper retained his District 3 seat, and Congressman Bennie Thompson retained his District 2 seat. 

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