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Black Candidate Failed in Alabama Because of Alienated Black Voters

Artur Davis

A political candidate who hoped to become the first black Governor of the southern American state Alabama, lost his vote because he alienated the local black community, it has been reported.

Four-term congressman Artur Davis spectacularly failed in his bid to get the Democrat nomination taking 38 percent of the vote on Tuesday to Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks’ 62 percent.

Davis began the year with a 30-point lead in the polls, but he watched it dwindle as voters failed to respond to his call for a fairer tax system, for tougher ethics laws and for reform of the state’s 1901 constitution. He was the only black Democrat in Congress to vote against President Barack Obama’s health care initiative.

His candidacy, highlighted by strong oratorical skills and focused on winning over white voters before blacks, had been repeatedly compared to that of President Barack Obama.

Davis said during the campaign:

“Some people have said during the course of this race that this is a good idea, but Alabama’s not ready for it. Some people have said, `maybe someday.’ Someday is the refuge of people who tell us to wait. Not someday, but right now.”

Davis, 42, was elected to Congress in 2002 and has often been at odds with much of the state’s black political establishment. He pointedly failed to seek their blessing to run for governor. And the civil rights organizations that have long carried influence over many black voters in the state supported his rival Ron Sparks, the white state agriculture commissioner.

His failure to win the nomination could see him stepping out of politics altogether.

“I have no interest in running for political office again,” said Davis. “The voters spoke in a very decisive way across every sector and in every section of the state. A candidate that fails across-the-board like that obviously needs to find something else productive to do with his life.”

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