MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A well-funded black congressman has a
shot at becoming the first African-American to win the Democratic
nomination for governor of Alabama. But Artur Davis is doing it without the backing of the state's traditional civil rights organizations.
They have endorsed Davis' white opponent, state Agriculture
Commissioner Ron Sparks, for Tuesday's primary. They did it after
Davis skipped their endorsement meetings and said their support no
longer determines who wins the African-American vote in Alabama.
Republican voters also pick a nominee Tuesday from seven candidates. One of the contenders is Tim James, the son of two-term
Gov. Fob James. He has created an Internet frenzy with his blunt
ads and speeches against illegal immigrants, giving his campaign
momentum that may be difficult for Davis to overcome if he wins the
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