First, we need to establish that I live in a Very Red county.
I confirmed something driving to work today that I thought I had noticed before: on the signs and billboards dotting our landscape that advertise the candidacy of those running for local offices, "REP" is not prominently displayed. There's a lot of fine print under the signs, print you can't read while driving. It may show up there.
As I thought about it, I remembered that this same thing happened in 2006.
Bottom line: these guys are not willing to admit they're Republicans.