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The other day I wondered whether Thurbert Baker's success in Georgia elections bodes well for U.S. Rep. Artur Davis' bid for governor in Alabama. Baker and Davis are both African-American Democrats. Baker is Georgia's thrice-elected attorney general.
Today, I've got a new question to ponder: Does Baker's success in Georgia elections bode well for his own bid for governor? Baker announced yesterday that he's running.
I doubt that Baker's race will raise questions about his electability in the same way it has for Davis. Exit polling indicated that Barack Obama did just as well with white Georgians as John Kerry, winning 23% of their votes. Statewide, Obama only lost by 5%. Far more importantly, Baker's own wins prove that he can appeal to Georgia voters.
That doesn't mean that Baker will have an easy time though, in either the primary or the general election. Former Democratic Gov. Roy Barnes and DuBose Porter, the Democratic leader in the state House of Representatives, both are thinking about running. David Poythress, a former state adjutant general, is already in on the Democratic side.
As for the G.O.P, there are a lot of Republicans in Georgia these days and, so far as I can tell, every single one of them is running for governor.
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