Southern Dems mount comeback with familiar names

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Associated Press

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 20 at 1:03 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — Democrats in the increasingly conservative Deep South are looking to recapture some old political magic.

In the 2014 elections, they're running candidates with familiar surnames like Carter and Nunn in hopes of rebuilding clout where Republicans rule. Given their recent political struggles, Democrats say they have nothing to lose by harking back to better times.

In Georgia, Michelle Nunn is running for Senate, the same job her father, Sam Nunn, once held. Former President Jimmy Carter's grandson, Jason, is running for governor.

Democrats also are running former congressmen for Alabama governor and a U.S. Senate seat in Mississippi.

And for South Carolina governor, they're offering the same state senator who ran a close race against Republican Nikki Haley four years ago.

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