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Reported by Janice Broach

Cheney stumps for Greg Davis in tight Mississippi race

A Republican congressional candidate was hoping to get a campaign boost Monday from Vice President Dick Cheney.

Cheney attended a late afternoon rally in Southaven for Greg Davis, the Republican candidate for the unexpired House term for Mississippi's 1st District. Davis faces Democrat Travis Childers in the special election Tuesday.

"We believe Greg Davis is an outstanding mayor of Southaven, and we believe he will be an outstanding United States Congressman," Cheney told the crowd.

"We're very excited to have the vice president here," Davis said. "I think it's important we go out and vote."

The voting follows a special election last month in which Childers came out on top in a six-candidate race but with just 49 percent of the vote, requiring a runoff. Davis was second with 46 percent.

The north Mississippi district has been represented by a Republican since 1994, and a victory by Childers would be a second congressional setback for the GOP in just over a week.

Democrats took over a Louisiana House seat May 3rd that had been in Republican hands for three decades.

The rally was held at the DeSoto Civic Center.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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