Hood holds comfortable lead in race for Mississippi attorney general

Attorney General Jim Hood continues to work his magic in Mississippi where he is both wildly popular and up by a sizeable margin in the latest Mason-Dixon poll.

He is the only Democrat in statewide elective office.

Hood was prefered by 55 percent to 40 percent over former Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst, a Republican. Hood was prefered by54 percent of men and 56 percent of women. Hurst was favored by 57 percent of white voters but Hood won among black voters 90 percent to 7 perent.

J. Bradford Coker, managing director of Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, found one silver lining for Hurst.

"However, Mississippi is growing increasingly stronger as a GOP state and the potential for coattails from Gov. Phil Bryant’s campaign could help Hurst significantly come fall," he wrote in the accompanying analysis. "Current numbers point to Hood having the ability to again overcome the state’s partisan leanings, but this race is still worth watching.'

Seventy percent of those polled said they approved of Hood's job performance as AG and 22 percent disapproved. Women (74 percent) favored him more than men (66 percent) and blacks (80 percent) had the highest approval rating of all. Sixty-three percent of Republcans said they approved of Hood's performance as well.