Democrats scarce in Mississippi races; Republicans qualify for all 8 positions

In Mississippi, where Democrats held all eight statewide elected offices just two decades ago, the party had fielded candidates for only three offices — governor, attorney general and agriculture commissioner — on the eve of today’s qualifying deadline.

Republicans, meanwhile, had qualified for all eight races.

It wasn’t clear whether Democrats would produce a full slate of candidates or if any last-minute qualifiers would enter with enough name recognition and money to gain momentum against some Republicans who have been actively campaigning for months.

State Democratic chairman Jamie Franks and employees at the state Democratic headquarters in Jackson did not respond to repeated calls Monday.
AP
3/1/11