Lamar Alexander stumps for GOP candidate in North Mississippi

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SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC-TV) - A hot race in North Mississippi had a top political figure crossing state lines Wednesday to stump for his GOP counterpart.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander crossed the state line from Tennessee to Mississippi to rally support for 1st Congressional District candidate Alan Nunnelee.

"I think Senator Alexander's appearance is indicative of the national attention this race is getting," Nunnelee said. "This race is much bigger than North MIssissippi."

The duo appeared at a breakfast in Southaven, Mississippi to announce Alexander's endorsement.

"I look forward to calling you a colleague in the Congress," Nunnelee told Alexander.

"If we want to change the health care law, we want to reduce the debt, and we want to create jobs in the private sector, we need more Republicans and Alan Nunnelee represents a very good chance to elect a new Republican member of Congress," Alexander told those in attendance.

Mississippi's second-in-command, Lieutenant Governor Phil Bryant, also showed his support for Nunnelee, calling the 1st District critical ground for GOPs across America.

"If Republicans can't win Mississippi, this 1st District, which includes DeSoto County, how can we win the rest of the country?  This is a conservative, faith-based group of voters," he said.

Nunnelee said job creation is his number one focus, and it's time for incumbent Travis Childers to move over.

"A vote for Congressman Childers is a vote to empower Nancy Pelosi and that liberal leadership team, and I think America needs a new direction," he said.

Thursday, the Mississippi Association of Educators and the National Education Association will present Travis Childers with their endorsement.

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