The SouthNow blog of the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public Life at UNC-Chapel Hill (whew) has been doing an excellent week of coverage on hot Southern political races to watch for 2006.

On Monday, they did an overview of the U.S. Senate; Tuesday looked at Governor races; Wednesday tackled the U.S. House; and Thursday looked at a handful of other interesting races, including the Lt. Governor contest in Georgia (hello, Ralph Reed); an upcoming redistricting battle in Florida; and the future of gay marriage amendments.

It's the best round-up of Southern races I've seen, all political junkies should definitely check it out.