If anyone doubts the power of education as a motivating force in elections, one has only to look at incumbent state Sen. Doug Davis of Hernando.
Davis, chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, lost to a newcomer to politics, homebuilder Chris Massey of Nesbit.
Although both are Republicans, the key distinction seems to be educational support.
Right up front in his campaigning, Massey put out as his campaign slogans:
“Keep our Great DeSoto County Schools Fully Funded”