Miss. Dems shy of full slate
Party fails to field candidates for 3 of 8 statewide positions

In a hopelessly upbeat tone, a woman answered the phone at the Mississippi Democratic Party headquarters Tuesday evening: “It’s a great day to be a Democrat. How may I help you?”

But by most estimations, Tuesday’s qualifying deadline day was not a great day to be a Democrat in Mississippi.

Though party insiders dangled the anticipation until the last minute – even former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove was floated as a potential candidate for lieutenant governor (he did not file) – Democrats failed to field candidates for three of eight statewide positions and offered up few last-minute surprises.