Elections: Two-party system reverse

The slate is now set for the statewide office elections and the color is overwhelmingly red.

The Democratic Party is not fielding candidates for three of the eight statewide offices. No Democrat is running for lieutenant governor, state auditor or secretary of state. Although it is clear that the Republicans would be dominant in those offices, as Attorney General Jim Hood is the dominant Democratic incumbent for that office, a party not fielding candidates shows the weakness of the state Democratic organization and ability to raise funds. At the same time, Democrats remain dominant in local races throughout the state.

Clarion Ledger
3/2/11