Analysis: Miss. party leaders strategizing for ’15

The chairman of the Mississippi Democratic Party says he has one big goal for the 2015 state elections: Regaining control of the Legislature, thereby limiting Republican Philip Gunn to a single term as speaker of the House.

“That’s what I pray for every night,” Rickey Cole told The Associated Press this past week in a phone interview from Phoenix, where he was attending a meeting of the Democratic National Committee.

Two years before statewide elections, Cole and his Republican counterpart, Joe Nosef, are setting strategies for their parties.

Nosef sat down with reporters recently before leaving for the Republican National Committee meeting in Boston. He said the GOP in 2015 intends to maintain majorities in the Mississippi House and Senate and to try to unseat the lone Democrat remaining in statewide office, Attorney General Jim Hood.

“I think we’ve got a good bench of folks that can be a good candidate. We’re absolutely going to go after that seat,” Nosef said of the attorney general’s race. “I’m never saying that’s going to be easy. If it would’ve been easy to beat Jim Hood, we would’ve beat him by now. But we’re certainly going to try.”

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