HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - As the race for a congressional seat in South Mississippi heats up, the incumbent, Gene Taylor, is defending his seat.
Taylor was making stops throughout the Pine Belt Monday doing what he says is the toughest challenge of any campaign, trying to meet as many folks as possible.
With some reports claiming Taylor's Republican competitor Steven Palazzo as a heavy contender, Taylor say's it may not be a slam dunk election as in years past but he's confident South Mississippians will take his record and seniority in Congress into account.
Taylor also says while he feels being a Democrat may cost him some votes, it shouldn't be about party affiliations, but rather representation.
"I'd like to think my voting record is better than either political parties. The Democrats are wrong on some social issues. The Republicans are all wrong on free trade issues. So, I think I represent this area just fine. I don't think either political party has a monopoly on how the people of South Mississippi feel," said Taylor.
Also in the race is Libertarian candidate Tim Hampton of Hattiesburg. All three candidates will be part of our wake up call series on News Seven Today later this month.