Andy Taggart confirms to Y’allPolitics that a run for AG was not in the cards for him in 2015.

The Madison attorney, author and co-host of WLBT’s Sunday night political segment, Red Blue Review, had been strongly courted by many conservatives to challenge for the statewide seat, the last statewide seat held by a Democrat.

Earlier in the cycle, Rep. Mark Baker made a few waves as well that he might enter the AG’s race as a Republican to challenge incumbent Democrat AG Jim Hood. Instead, Baker opted to run for re-election in the House seat he now occupies.

With Baker and Taggart having opted not to run, the field remains wide open for a Republican challenge to Hood, who has still not filed for re-election.

Making things even more interesting, Mississippi Democrats have not been able to recruit a candidate for Governor or Lieutenant Governor. If those two offices go effectively unchallenged, Governor Phil Bryant and Lt. Governor Tate Reeves will have financial and political capital to expend down ticket which could make Republicans viable either with or without Hood in the race.

Qualifying deadline is just weeks away. Stay tuned for more.