Tommy Sowers (D) has surged onto the political scene in Missouri’s 8th Congressional District, garnering national press and media in his challenge of Jo Ann Emerson (R). The landscape of this district is largely a rural district with its largest city of Cape Girardeau of only approximately 37,000 people. It encompasses all or parts of 28 counties, and it is the 11th poorest congressional district in the United States.
Before I discuss why I believe Mr. Sowers will lose, Tommy Sowers has a lot of things on his side: He’s young, an Iraqi war veteran (Green Beret and Army Ranger), and he’s got lots of money. Jo Ann hasn’t had a challenger with money in her career as an incumbent, and the results have shown that. She has won her reelections by margins of: 63-35, 69-30, 72-27, 72-27, 72-26, and 71-26. Read the rest of this entry »