The Democratic Primary
The Democratic primary had been fairly dull, but things are finally beginning to heat up. According to the most recent polls, Artur Davis still has a large lead and should be able to win the primary by a fairly large margin. He has impressed the people of Alabama with his intelligent discussion of the real issues facing our state. Artur has a vision for Alabama and it’s one that includes all Alabamians. Most everybody agrees that the number one issue facing our state deals with the economy. Education – which has been sorely neglected in many areas for years – has to be the second most important issue in my opinion. Since the next governor will face serious fiscal problems, it will take a qualified person filling this job who can not only do his part, but can also bring folks together to get things done. I believe without a doubt that Artur Davis is that person.
The Republican Primary
To say that the GOP primary race has been rather weird so far is a gross understatement. It’s really been hard to figure out exactly what is going on with the candidates. It’s apparent that somebody is running some real tough ads at great cost against Bradley Byrne and Tim James, and the AEA appears to be getting credit for this attack strategy. Bradley and Tim have been slugging it out and that most likely won’t change. Judge Roy Moore is clearly being helped by the Tea Party movement and has a built-in base that most observers believe won’t leave him.
Bill Johnson, the former Riley confidant and cabinet member, is working hard and has made a good impression in certain areas of the state. The real surprise, however, has been the campaign being waged by Rep. Robert Bentley. The Tuscaloosa doctor has moved up in all the polls and is now being considered as a viable candidate. In fact, most observers believe he and Judge Moore have had the best television ads thus far.
At this juncture, it appears all of the other Republican candidates are fighting for a slot in a runoff against Judge Moore. I originally thought the run-off would include Bradley, but I’m not sure about that now. The next few weeks will be most interesting and hopefully folks will pay attention to the records of the candidates and also listen carefully to what they are saying about the number of very serious issues facing our state.
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