OK, I reserve the right to change these as the election draws near, but I'm going to stick my neck out and make predictions for the main local races in November.
Incumbent Raymond Hamrick will barely hold off a strong bid by Republican Don Allen -- it will be something like 52-48 or 51-49 Hamrick. And this definitely could change in the next 5 months.
Again, the Democratic ticket will prevail as Jo Boggs and Eddie Holbrook win over Kelly Hastings and Bill Chambless
Clerk of Court:
I see Sharon Jones emerging from the Democratic runoff and besting Claudia Glenn.
Democrat Rick Shaffer (helped by the loss of commissioners candidate Ron Schaeffer who might have caused name recognition problems) will defeat Republican lawyer Colin McWhirter.
Finally, a Republican who will win! Incumbent Tim Moore will hold off Democrat Betsy Fonveille.
I think this is the toughest race to call. When in doubt, though, go with the incumbent. I'll take Democrat Walter Dalton over GOP challenger Wes Westmoreland.
So, it's a long way until the general election, but if these predictions hold true, it will be a big night locally for Democrats.
We shall see.
What do YOU think?