JUNE 02 2010

1. Is There Still Hope for Artur Davis?
2. Why Alabama Democrats Rejected Centrist Artur Davis, Obama's
Pal
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1. Is There Still Hope for Artur Davis?
by Roger Shuler for Legal Schnauzer

The biggest news in yesterday's primary elections came in Alabama,
where Ron Sparks administered a serious spanking to Artur Davis in
the Democratic race for governor.

Davis was trying to make history, by becoming the first black governor
of Alabama, and most polls had shown him with a slight lead. But
Sparks won in a runaway, trouncing Davis 62 percent to 38 percent.

The outcome seems to have sent a clear message and raised a major
question. If Artur Davis gets the message, and answers the question
correctly, he still could have a prominent role in Alabama
politics--maybe even on the national stage.

Davis took an unusual approach in the primary, steering clear of
traditional civil-rights groups and courting pro-business interests in an
apparent effort to appeal to white voters. The plan failed miserably.

The message? If you are going to run as a Democrat in a state that
has seen its politics grossly corrupted by business interests, don't
come off as a semi-Republican.

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2. Why Alabama Democrats Rejected
Centrist Artur Davis, Obama's Pal
by Andrew Kreig for Huffington Post

In a stunning rejection of the Republican-lite tactics often favored by
Democratic party leaders in red and swing states, Alabama
Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks upset Congressman Artur
Davis in Tuesday's primary for their party's gubernatorial nomination.

Sparks ran to the left of Davis, a friend of President Obama since
their overlapping studies at Harvard Law School. The 62-38 Sparks
victory Tuesday confounded pollsters, the centrist strategy promoted
by the White House, and conventional wisdom that the better-funded
Davis would defeat Sparks or force his withdrawal before the primary.

"But Sparks didn't drop out, and on Tuesday he was rewarded with
one of the more remarkable upsets in Alabama primary history," wrote
the Birmingham News.

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