When Mississippians go to the polls this November to elect all of their state officials, there is only one statewide office that is likely to be competitive, and it is not the governor’s race. State Attorney General Jim Hood (D), the only Democrat elected statewide in Mississippi, has a strong base of support in both parties. “His numbers are phenomenal,” says one longtime observer of Magnolia State politics. Nevertheless, Mike Hurst, a former Assistant District Attorney in the criminal division for Mississippi’s Southern District, filed against Hood. Hurst may also benefit from having worked on the staff of former US Rep. Chip Pickering (R). Hurst, who has prosecuted several high profile corruption cases, will criticize Hood for waging an insufficient fight against corruption in the state. “It has the potential to be a pretty good race,” says a knowledgeable Jackson insider, who notes the overall weakness of the Democratic slate is likely to work against Hood.
Southern Political Report