As the time ticks before the elections, Franklin said lots of questions remain on who is the top candidate.
"I think it's a moving target but it's certainly a larger number than normal," Franklin said. "The main question I have right now is whether we see a top tier of two three, four candidates emerge who are clearly getting the lion share of the vote or whether we see that distributed across 5 or 6 candidates."
Right now Franklin said about 10 of the candidates are active. Even though the deadline to officially sign up is in June of next year, Franklin said most likely the practical deadline will be here in the next few months.
He said serious candidates are currently focusing on gearing up their staff and fundraising.
"I actually think ironically it makes it more likely that a top tier will emerge just because everybody is struggling to get attention," Franklin said. "A top tier of two or three might emerge as clearly dominate."
The Democratic primary will be next August. The election for governor will be in November.