Tyson "officially" declared his candidacy in Montgomery on Monday. A district attorney for 11 years, Tyson has established a record as a vigorous, "tough on crime" prosecutor. Along with his extensive record of crime fighting, Tyson has been a political dynamo. In addition to the 14 years he served on the Alabama Board of Education, Tyson recently won re-election with 58% in Republican leaning Mobile County.
Tyson's combination of law and order experience and his political base in Mobile will likely cause problems for Troy King. In comparison to Tyson, King has little experience and his own previous political bid (a 2002 race for Secretary of State) was unsuccessful (King failed to make the runoff against two unimposing fellow GOPers).
King, who was appointed to fill the office after Bill Pryor's elevation to the federal bench, has had some ups and downs as AG. Most recently he's been involved in intrigue involving the Auburn Board of Trustees and campaign contributions.
I am sure King is raising a lot of money and will be a tough opponent, but as long as Tyson runs a smart race I think he is the man to beat.