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Setting up for an exciting autumn

MBJ Editorial

The stage is set for two very exciting political races, one with historic possibilities, this fall in Mississippi.

Last week’s primary election yielded no surprises in the nominees for governor: Democrat Ronnie Musgrove and Republican Haley Barbour. The race to challenge Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck, who joined the Republican ranks late last year, came down to former Supreme Court Justice Jim Roberts and Sen. Barbara Blackmon.

Blackmon won the Democratic nomination, but it remains to be seen whether or not Mississippi is willing to support a female, African-American trial lawyer for what is arguably the most powerful elected position in state government. Whatever the outcome, however, having two women face off in this race offers an interesting commentary on the evolution of electoral politics in the Magnolia State.

A number of other campaigns should be close: Jim Hood and Scott Newton are competing for the attorney general post being vacated by Mike Moore. The race for treasurer remains wide open with both Democrats and Republicans in interesting run-off contests later this month.

So, for political junkies, there’s plenty to anticipate. For the business community, there’s plenty to do.

Three months before the general election and the issues important to business, industry and the economy must be articulated well — not only to the candidates, but to the people of the state who must understand clearly the stakes of this November’s outcome.

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