This time next year, candidates for the 2011 elections will be filing their qualifying papers.
If the new legislative districts from the census reapportionment have been passed in Mississippi and approved by the U.S. Justice Department, then candidates will be running in reshaped districts. If not, we might see a repeat of the 1991 elections which also came shortly after a census, in which candidates ran in 1991 under old districts and again in 1992 under new districts. This time, those elections would be held in 2011 and 2012. Democrats who held a majority in both houses of the state legislature were not threatened by the 1992 national election which featured Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton, a Democrat, defeating Republican President George H.W. Bush (with an assist by Texas oilman H. Ross Perot). Will Democrats feel the same in 2012 about being on the ballot with President Barack Obama? Who knows about this time next year?
This time next year we’ll have a better idea of the Republican and Democratic candidates for statewide offices. Republican candidates for Governor already include Lieutenant Governor Phil Bryant, Gulf Coast businessman Dave Dennis, and Pearl River Supervisor Hudson Holliday. Other names churning in the rumor mill include Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and Treasurer Tate Reeves.