Irons/Smith Special Election Set
Smith now advances to the March 21 general election against Democrat Tammy Irons. Irons has long been considered the frontrunner and is expected to hold onto the seat for the Democrats.
Perhaps more interesting than the actual result will be the margin. While Republicans aren't especially optimistic on their chances in the special, there have been rumors of stronger GOP candidates (e.g. Steve Pierce) emerging for the November election. An Irons rout in March could short circuit Republican plans for a stronger future challenger, whereas a strong Smith showing could further embolden Republican recruitment efforts.