Now that qualifying has started in the Democratic primary, it’s probably a good time to take a look at the field of candidates. So far, on the Democratic side, Artur Davis and Ron Sparks are the only two candidates in the race. In the early polling, Artur has a commanding lead in all of the polls, with as much as a 26% spread in one of the polls. While I have never put too much stock in early polling, this has to be a very good sign for Artur. While the race is expected to tighten up some, a 26% lead will make it very difficult for the trailing candidate to catch up.
There are a number of announced Republican candidates even though qualifying won’t start for the GOP primary until April 3rd. All early polls show Judge Roy Moore leading the pack with about 35% of the vote. Bradley Byrne, Tim James, Robert Bentley and Bill Johnson trail Judge Moore and they are fairly well bunched up. Many believe that either Bradley or Tim will wind up in a runoff with Judge Moore. Interestingly, many observers say that Rep. Bentley has been very impressive in the forum-type events where all candidates have to take positions. The Tuscaloosa doctor may turn out to be the dark horse in the race.
In any event, Alabamians will witness a most interesting gubernatorial race. Since I am directly involved with a candidate, I won’t make any further predictions. But I will say that the respective campaigns will now shift into a much higher gear. I hope that the issues facing Alabama citizens will be discussed fully and solutions by the candidates, designed to solve our problems, will be laid out for public scrutiny.
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