The difference between Shelby and the other 20 counties in West Tennessee is the potential of our political impact. No Democrat in a statewide election can win without us. That’s the reality. But we have to be inspired to show up to deliver the votes, and that’s just not happening right now. Add that to the voter fatigue and general sense of malaise and it spells disaster for Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate, Mike McWherter. Haslam and Wamp understand this, which is why they’ve spent so much time and so many resources here. Their appearances and the build up of their campaign organizations in Shelby County are both about their looming primary, and a recognition that firing up their base here now will likely pay off in November.
The absence of any McWherter campaign structure in Shelby County just reinforces the feeling that once again we’re being taken for granted, or worse, forgotten.
There’s little doubt in my mind that McWherter will win Shelby County. That’s not in question. The question is by how much, and how many votes will be delivered. The answer to that question will likely decide the outcome in this statewide election.
Now the Memphis Flyer's Jackson Baker is piling on: "I mean, even I can afford the time and money required for a simple back-and-forth between Memphis and Jackson. (Or Memphis and Nashville.)"