Luther Strange to Switch to AG Race?
The rumor being that Birmingham attorney Luther Strange will now set his sights on the Attorney General's office. Strange has been running for Lieutenant Governor for months. However with George Wallace, Jr. sucking all the political oxygen out of the GOP primary, some Republicans have been encouraging Strange switch to the AG's race. Current Attorney General Troy King has had a rocky tenure since his 2003 appointment by Bob Riley.
I had heard the rumor about Strange opting out of the LG race, but now I've been told that it's likely Strange has made the decision to change horses. My source put the chances of Strange running for AG at "90%". So take that for what it's worth.
Just yesterday I posted that Troy King's path to the GOP nomination was starting to clear up, but now it seems things might get dicey for the AG. Strange has already raised a significant amount of money in his current race and can use it instead for the AG race. I don't know how a Strange/King matchup would shake out, but it would certainly put Troy King's coronation as the GOP nominee on hold. A competitive Republican primary would also be of potential benefit to presumptive Democratic nominee John Tyson. Tyson will be able to hoard his campaign cash while Strange/Tyson burn money in a race that could get nasty.
If Strange does indeed opt out of the LG race, it becomes difficult to see how George Wallace Jr. doesn't win the nomination without a runoff. Mo Brooks would be the only credible Wallace opponent and no one really expects him to give Wallace much trouble.
I think it's a smart move for Strange to change races. While a primary against Troy King is no certain proposition, Strange has much better odds in the AG's race. And a Strange switcheroo would further liven up an already exciting primary calendar.