Danny at The Political Parlor has updated his ratings on Alabama State House races. He now has 53 in the GOP column, 43 in the Dem column and 9 toss-ups. Let's pull out a few races where there's a real progressive Democrat on the ballot:
HD 12 from Lean Dem to Toss Up – incumbent James Fields (D) v. Mac Buttram (R)
HD 21 from Lean Dem to Toss Up – incumbent Randy Hinshaw (D) v. Jim Patterson (R)
HD 27 from Lean Dem to Toss Up – incumbent Jeff McLaughlin (D) v. Wes Long (R)
HD 63 from Lean GOP to Likely GOP – Susan Pace Hamill (D) v. Bill Poole (R) for the seat vacated by GOP gubernatorial candidate Robert Bentley.
HD 73 from Lean GOP to Toss Up – Joe Hubbard (D) v. incumbent David Grimes (R)
These races seem to be trending the wrong way except for HD73 in Montgomery. We've blogged frequently about Joe Hubbard. Initially he was given very little chance of upsetting incumbent David Grimes, but now pundits are saying the race is a toss-up. That's strong testimony that Hubbard and his campaign are doing something right.
The Political Parlor updated ratings of Alabama State Senate races last week putting 17 districts in the GOP column, 13 in the Dem column and rating 4 districts toss-up. The only move toward the Democratic column was this one:
SD 13 from Lean GOP to Toss Up – This is the only district moving in the Democrats’ direction in the estimation of our contributors. Democrat Greg Varner faces former Senator (and former Democrat) Gerald Dial in a race for the seat being vacated by Democrat Kim Benefield.
Greg Varner is another candidate we've frequently blogged about here, a guy who is certainly not a classic liberal but has many good government, progressive ideas that forward thinking Alabamians can and should embrace.
When the dust settles on election night, I'd like to see a lot of Democrats winning legislative races, but what I'd most like to see is the Dems running progressive campaigns doing better than those who have been doing the same old thing.