Here we are just completing the first year of the current term and there is already tremendous speculation about who will run for governor in 2011.
Of course, speculation will now be temporarily refocused to the newly created coaching vacancy at Mississippi State.
Still, there is considerable talk about who will run for governor. Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant said recently in Hattiesburg that he might consider a run for the state’s top post in 2011 to succeed Haley Barbour, who is constitutionally prohibited from running for a third term. There has also been speculation that Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, Treasurer Tate Reeves, former Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck and outgoing U.S. Rep. Chip Pickering might vie for the open seat.
There is a pattern with all of the above-mentioned candidates. They are all Republicans and there are others who would be legitimate candidates, such as Auditor Stacey Pickering.
It takes a little imagination and creativity to ascertain the names of potential Democratic candidates for governor.