I didn't see it coming either - but I'd be a liar if I said I was surprised. Focussing to much on federal elections instead of checking which way the wind is blowing on the local level ain't a good idea imo.
I love my home state, although technically I'm a yankee (born in Indiana - go Hoosiers!). The people in Mississippi are friendly (more or less), and they care about each other. The countryside is beautiful, red mud and kudzu, plenty of wild life if you like snakes, insects, alligator snappers and deer (which I do).
What I hate is the fact that education is not a priority and that people vote based on a few specific issues: gay marriage, abortion, and against anything some half-wit convinces them is socialist (which unhappily includes education spending). There is nothing in the state for anybody - unless you're rich, in which case you move in to take advantage of the low taxes. In the last two decades, my hometown has turned into the regional meth capital - there's *no* jobs, no opportunities of any kind. But there *is* plenty of meth, and a rising number of shootings/lab explosions to keep everybody entertained and scared shitless. And after awhile I get pretty damn tired of hearing about how the good lord will provide if you just pray hard enough. And if you do manage to escape and get an education, then you're not welcome back unless you stuff your brain in a jar someplace. That's what I don't like.
The Bible: slavery good, homosexuality bad, snakes can talk.
What do we want? Brains! When do we want them? Brains!