BILL CRAWFORD: Gov. Bryant will help shape next year’s statewide elections

Now that Senate race shenanigans have ended, the state’s political focus turns to next year’s statewide elections.

Will Gov. Phil Bryant be challenged? By a fellow Republican or a strong Democrat?

Will Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves be challenged? Or Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann? Or State Treasurer Lynn Fitch? Or State Auditor Stacey Pickering? Or Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith? Or Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney?

Or Attorney General Jim Hood, the only Democrat among the group?

Will the Tea Party and/or Chris McDaniel allies bring out strong candidates to challenge incumbents? Will Democrats come up with viable candidates in this Republican dominated state?