I plan to be watching primary returns tonight and will be around blogging later, but here’s my prediction:
Joe Martin wins the Democratic nomination for state school chief and John Barge takes the Republican slot.
That’s the easy part. I make no predictions in the November race. Having heard Barge twice now at debates, I think his anti-feds theme will cost him more votes than it will gain him.
On the other hand, Martin has to fight that “inside the Beltway” veneer as well as the fact that he is in the party out of favor in the state.
However, I think Martin could be helped by Roy Barnes on the Democratic ticket. We can discuss this later, but I feel that Karen Handel, the likely Republican nominee for governor at this point, will pay a price for lacking a college degree. I suspect many voters will think twice about voting for a governor who did not graduate college.
Also, my colleague, Nancy Badertscher, is covering the race today for state school superintendent. She wants to include in the story she’s writing for Wednesday’s paper comments from people who have closely followed the race, who voted and who have definite opinions on what should be the priorities of the next state school superintendent.
If you’d be willing to be quoted, she can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. She’ll want your name, who you voted, what you do and where you voted.
See you later.