Thursday, May 22, 2008
Childers fills Congressional seat
By BARRY BURLESON
Travis Childers got 68 percent of the vote in Marshall County and 54 percent districtwide May 13.
He was scheduled to be sworn in Tuesday in Washington, D.C., to fill the U.S. Representative seat, 1st Congressional District, the remainder of the year.
Childers, of Booneville, defeated Southaven’s Greg Davis in the special run-off election. The two will meet again in the November 4 general election. The winner then will be elected to a full two-year term, starting in 2009.
Turnout on Tuesday of last week was up substantially across the district compared to the previous April 22 vote. In Marshall County, Childers received 3,478 votes to Davis’ 1,605. There were also two write-in votes.
More than 27 percent of the registered voters in the county (5,136) participated in the election. That’s compared to just over 14 percent (2,672) back on April 22.
Circuit clerk Lucy Carpenter said election day went smoothly. She was pleased with the turnout.
“I was hoping for more than 5,000 (voters),” she said, “and we got it.”
Childers was the winner in 20 of the district’s 24 counties last week. He won by nearly 8,000 votes out of the 106,000 cast. Davis’ biggest win, of course, came in his home county of DeSoto - unofficially 14,976 to 5,015. In his home county of Prentiss, Childers totaled 5,299 to Davis’ 914.
The House vacancy occurred when Rep. Roger Wicker was appointed to the U.S. Senate in December of last year to replace Trent Lott, who retired.
Childers, a Democrat, stepped down from his elected position as Prentiss County chancery clerk. Davis, a Republican, is mayor of Southaven.
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