Nunnelee win could help DeSoto senator

JACKSON — DeSoto County is by far the most populous county in U.S House District 1.

Despite that huge population base, DeSoto County has been unable to wrestle the seat away from the eastern side of the district.

Many thought that DeSoto County would finally gain a congressman in 2008.

But instead, then-Prentiss County Chancery Clerk Travis Childers defeated Southaven Mayor Greg Davis for the 1st District U.S.House post left vacant when then-incumbent Roger Wicker of Tupelo was appointed to the U.S. Senate.

This year, there is not even a major party DeSoto County candidate in the race.

But DeSoto County could still be a big winner from a political standpoint.

Mississippi Senate Appropriations Chair Alan Nunnelee of Tupelo is vying in the Republican primary for the right to take on Childers in the November general election.

If Nunnelee won the primary election and general election, conventional wisdom is that Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant would appoint Senate Appropriations Vice Chair Doug Davis, a DeSoto Republican, to chair the influential committee after Nunnelee resigned to take his new post.