Taking A Look At SD 47
The decision by Sen. Ezell Lee to change parties brings another significant issue into the discussion: the shape of his district. Drawn to be friendly to a Democrat (about 42 percent of the district is black), the snaky district goes west and north into Pearl River, covers parts of Harrison and Stone before heading east and south into Jackson county. At times, it looks as wide as a four-lane highway.
Before Lee’s decision to change parties, there was talk that his district may see some major changes. That is part of the reason Lee said he was thinking of retiring. In it’s current form, it could be difficult for Republicans to hang on to. They will likely try to make this a little friendlier to shore up Lee, and considering the current shape of the district I believe most people would see this as a necessary move.
For Democrats, they have three months to find a challenger. So far, no one else on either side has qualified.