Nathan Mathis Running For Gov as a Democrat
However yesterday in an address at the State House Mathis changed course and announced his candidacy as a Democrat. Mathis' campaign platform largely centers around advocacy of legalized gambling. His website (which still has him as an independent) lays out his arguments in favor of state regulated casinos.
Mathis has served in the state legislature and lost in the Democratic primary for Ag Commissioner in 2002. His independent bid, while posing little threat to actually win, probably would taken votes away from the Democratic nominee. He certainly starts off as a longshot against both Baxley and Siegelman, but with the Dem primary so fluid it's tough to know what to expect.
Mathis will surely be an underdog in the Democratic primary, but his (re)declaration as a Democrat does open the door for a possible Democratic gubernatorial runoff. A Dem runoff would certainly leave Democrats grimacing and Republicans grinning.