Jim Martin is clearly the establishment candidate in the Democratic side of the US Senate race. With that status come certain expectations: Money should flow like water (he’s raised a good amount thus far), other candidates should step aside as the Party faithful flock to your side, and the National Party will send large sums of money your way.
Sadly for Martin, his race didn’t feature prominently in the press conference about Democratic prospects this fall. Georgia remains in the “Good candidates with an outside chance” category which seems like a nice way of saying “don’t count on any money from us.”
This has to encourage the other Democrats in the Georgia primary. If Jim Martin was encouraged to run by Party power brokers, yet they won’t commit to spend much (if any) money, why should these other candidates step aside? As we’ve seen on the GOP side in recent years, establishment candidates don’t always get the nomination.
I think it’s way to early to hand the Democratic nomination for US Senate to Jim Martin.