Thursday Afternoon Election Notebook
A couple notes on the 2011 elections…
** Public Policy Poll has the results of what I believe is the first public survey of the GOP gubernatorial primary. They find Phil Bryant up on Dave Dennis 63-14 at this point in the race.
** There was a forum at Mississippi State last night featuring several candidates for governor and lieutenant governor moderated by Sid Salter. Here are reports from WCBI, Commercial Dispatch, and the Starkville Daily News on the event. The notable absence among top-tier candidates was Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant.
** Republican Attorney General candidate Steve Simpson has a fundraiser lined on April 12 at the Fairfield Inn in Jackson featuring Haley Barbour as the honored guest. Thinking back to last summer with Steven Palazzo, we know how well events featuring Barbour turn out.
Also on Simpson, he has begun with his media roll out. You can check out his website here (although it is still empty), here is in Facebook page, and you can find him on Twitter @Simpson4AttGen.
** Billy Hewes has a fundraiser on April 15 in Gulfport. You can check out the invite here. I have been told they have already raised $200,000 for this event thus far.
** Shawn O’Hara, who had qualified for treasurer as a Democrat (and Reform Party candidate) before having the executive committee refuse to certify him, has filed an appeal with the Hinds County Circuit Court to be put back on the ballot. You may remember O’Hara qualified for every statewide office (plus others) in 2007. Dems kept him on the ballot as their candidate for treasurer in a sacrificial lamb position.