Tea party targets some Dem seats in Miss. House

By Emily Wagster Pettus/The Associated Press

FLOWOOD — Tea party conservatives say they’re trying to flip several seats in the Mississippi House from Democrat to Republican.

They say the goal is to give Republicans control of the chamber for the first time in more than a century.

Republicans control the state Senate and most of the statewide offices, while Democrats have more power in local offices.

The House now has 67 Democrats, 54 Republicans and one independent.

Richard Wilbourn, an attorney from Madison, tells members of the Central Mississippi Tea Party that he’s trying to help Republicans win at least eight House seats in the Nov. 8 election to take over a majority.

Democrats say they want to hold as many of their current seats as possible and hope to flip some Republican seats to their side.