Isn’t Mississippi considered to be one of the most conservative states?
I believe Thad’s minions scoured heavily Dim districts and accused the opposition of being racist. They probably got a lot of Dim votes that way.
Not conservative, Republican. Conflate the two at your own risk.
Despite the stereotype of having crazy politicians, Mississippians prefer having boring, behind-the-scenes Representatives and Senators who are skilled at Retail politics and the Art-of-the-Deal. They prefer their politicians well-trained, with pedigrees beginning with being from in the proper fraternity at Ole Miss (or Jackson State for black politicians), clerking and then working on the staff of some Representative or Senator, getting elected to the State Legislature, waiting their turn to be elected to Congress.
These politicians are skilled at bringing home the pork for our State, never realizing that so much dependence on Gubmint money is one of the things keeping the State 50th in most categories.
Mississippi's Congressmen have thick Southern accents when they're back home, but the accents usually leave once they get to Washington.