Last Week To Qualify For 2012
The qualifying period to run for House and Senate races began last Tuesday and in the short time frame, it expires on Friday, January 13. Will we see some last minute dramatics or will incumbents generally be able to get by without taking too many deep breaths?
** Joining Albert Gore Jr. in the Democratic primary for the right to take on Sen. Roger Wicker, who qualified for re-election last Thursday, is Dr. Roger Weiner of Clarksdale, who also serves as a supervisor in Coahoma county. And gathering signatures to run as an independent against Wicker is Thomas Cramer. Cramer is a Tea Party activist who looks to be running to the incumbent’s right.
Still no other big names on the Democratic side, and really no whispers of any.
** Henry Ross announced that he is again running against Rep. Alan Nunnelee in MS-01 today, according to his website which is in the process of being updated. Ross narrowly missed out on a runoff two years ago in a three-way race as Nunnelee was on his way to unseating Travis Childers. On Thursday, he will hold campaign kickoffs in Desoto, Lee, Lowndes, and Webster counties. The front page of his website also has a message on why he is running if you want to see some of the areas where he will go after Nunnelee.
** Along with MS-01, we have not seen or heard of Democrats lining up in MS-03. I know some Tea Party groups have talked about also challenging Rep. Gregg Harper, but don’t believe we have anything formal yet.
** Rep. Steven Palazzo has a challenger on both the Republican and Democratic side as we noted last week, but not the brand names that would make this a potentially challenging re-election at this point. Basically, Gene Taylor has five days to make a decision and that is really what I waiting on to see how it plays out.