by Peyton Irby, Watkins Ludlam Winter & Stennis, P.A.
Mississippi voters had only congressional races to consider. As a result, where the state’s delegation was once comprised of three Democrats and one Republican, the opposite is now true. Two Democrats — both “Blue Dogs” — lost to Republicans. Apparently, their conservative voting patterns didn’t save them in the national congressional landslide for Republicans.
For example, Gene Taylor, a 10-term congressman from the Gulf Coast, voted against ObamaCare. Additionally, he claimed during his campaign that he wouldn’t vote for Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House. You can’t get much more Blue Dog than that, yet Taylor was trumped by Republican Steven Palazzo.