Traditionally presidential election campaigns have kicked off soon after Labor Day. That was largely because of the influence of unions on elections. This year, it seems we are already in a campaign.
One thing is we know who the candidates will be — former vice president Joe Biden will represent the Democrats while President Donald Trump is seeking re-election as a Republican.
While campaigning has started, the November 3rd election is barely more than two months away.
Each side will spend tens of millions of dollars before that day. Alabama, however, will not see its proportionate share of that money because the state is considered a lock for Trump.
Biden, however, is considered to be a viable candidate and could run a strong race even here in the Deep South.
He will run on his strong partnership with former President Barack Obama. Trump will run on his conservative record. In Alabama, a conservative always wins over a liberal.
The fact that Biden will have a well-thought-of moderate U.S. Senator in Doug Jones, D-Birmingham, on the ticket with him could help both Biden and Jones.
Of course, Trump will have Auburn’s Tommy Tuberville to boost his campaign.
One thing different about this year’s campaign is football might not be as prominent as in the past. No one can be sure how that will impact the campaign.
Retired Auburn Attorney Don Eddins is publisher of The Auburn Villager newspaper and the online publication, auburnvillager.com. Before going into law, he was state Capitol reporter for The Huntsville Times and state editor for The Columbus Ledger. In college, he was sports editor of The Auburn Plainsman. Email him your comments about the newspaper to firstname.lastname@example.org.