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Alabama Still Waiting For Democratic Candidates
Many republicans have already kicked off their campaigns for state elections coming up, some even raising thousands of dollars already. I spoke with democratic leader Nancy Worley today to see just where her party stands.
When I asked Worley about which races the party feels they can make an impact in, she said there will be strong candidates looking for seats in the state house.
"Well I wouldn't want to say at this point which ones will be targeted, but there will be some targeted races for some legislators that have particularly bad voting records," said Worley.
Political analyst Steve Flowers thinks that whoever those candidates may be are behind, particularly with fundraising.
"It is getting somewhat late. I think the bell rang in june on fundraising. As it approaches labor day it's getting more and more difficult," said Flowers.
In a state with so many republicans in office, particularly state offices like governor and attorney general, Worley thinks that the working class values of the party will help appeal to voters.
"Folks can't continue to live if every month they see fewer dollars in their checks and yet the cost of everything is going up.So I believe it's a golden opportunity for democrats who have always been a party of the people, particularly the working people."
But Flowers thinks that the party will have an uphill battle to reclaim any state seats in 2014.
"The republican nomination is tantamount to election in a statewide race in Alabama. I'm not saying the democratic party is dead. There are certain venues where the democratic party will prevail, but on a statewide basis alabamians have decided they're going to vote republican for statewide candidates."
Anybody who plans on seeking election next year has to announce by April, with the primary on June 3.