Reddy has the financial edge, and the media buzz around his candidacy. Holcomb has a catchy new ad, veteran status, and an endorsement from General Wesley Clark. Hicks just received an endorsement from former Ambassador Andrew Young and received the Macon Telegraph endorsement. However, Hicks could be hurt by a split in the African American vote between himself and Miss Angela who has Cynthia McKinney’s support.
However, my thought is that the Andrew Young endorsement could be big for Hicks. I don’t think that any candidate in this field is going to get more than a third (33%) of the vote. With the percentage of the African American vote being possibly higher than as 50% in the primary, if Hicks is able to pull off a majority of the African American vote, I think he’ll see himself in the runoff.
Who will he be in the runoff against? My gut tells me that it will be Reddy, who has run a smart campaign for months now. While Holcomb has definitely gained some momentum, I think it might be just a little too late for him to get a high enough percentage of the vote to make it.
So, expect a Reddy vs. Hicks runoff. But I could be surprised in this highly unpredictable race.
Cross posted at Atlanta Public Affairs.