State ballot is comparative yawner

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Despite the national drama of a razor-thin margin in the presidential campaign between President Barack Obama and GOP challenger and former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, Mississippi’s ballot remains primarily a yawner. Most of the races on the Nov. 6 ballot appear to have all but been conceded to the incumbents.

The races drawing the most interest are the contested elections for the state Supreme Court, where the traditional special interests — trial lawyers on one side and business/medical groups on the other — have renewed their eternal war to control the courts. The state’s business interests appear to be the more motivated “nonpartisan” supporters.

In the state’s congressional elections, incumbent GOP U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker of Tupelo is an inarguable favorite over his 82-year-old Democratic challenger, retired minister Albert N. Gore Jr. of Starkville. With a distinguished military record as a Green Beret chaplain and winner of both the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart medal, Gore has campaigned valiantly.

Sid Salter