Hood beat his Republican opponent 56 percent to 44 percent. He remains the only Democratic statewide elected official in the Deep South. Hood has gained national recognition for his efforts to fight cybercrime, including sexual predators and online drug sales, and has cracked down on domestic violence and elderly abuse.
But Hood, who was first elected to this job in 2003, didn’t coast on his name recognition. He spent more than $1 million on TV ads. Money well spent.