AL: Could Democrats Win Gubernatorial Race?

    Democratic Congressman Artur Davis is pondering a run for Governor of Alabama and he released a new poll from a Democratic polling firm that claims he is either tied with or ahead of three potential GOP candidates, according to the Montgomery Advertiser.

    Artur Davis (D) 42%
    Kay Ivey (R) 42%

    Artur Davis (D) 42%
    Bradley Byrne (R) 42%

    Artur Davis (D) 44%
    Jack Hawkins (R) 39%

    Kay Ivey is the current State Treasurer while Byrne is the Chancellor of the two-year college system in Alabama and Hawkins is the Chancellor of Troy University. No specific dates were given for the poll other than it was done earlier this month among 600 registered voters.

    The current Governor of Alabama is Republican Bob Riley, who can’t seek another term.

    Posted by Dave at 8:54 am
    Filed under: 2010 Governor - AL | Comments (11)

    11 Responses to “AL: Could Democrats Win Gubernatorial Race?”

    1. JulStol says:


    2. david says:

      Like other southern states, AL have elected Democrat govenors in the past.

    3. Tim says:

      They have, indeed. But, in the current climate, I have to wonder. Now, the Dems have done well there recently in Congressional races. But, in statewide stuff for the last couple of cycles, the GOP has been rather dominant.
      For instance, bucking the trend, this was one of John McCain’s best states in the whole nation.
      Plus, let’s see something from a non-partisan pollster.

    4. Eph_Rove says:


    5. Howard Dean 1/20/13 says:

      Operation phone melt.

      Get a calling:

    6. Big Ben 4 liberty says:

      Personally when Artur Davis will show some real independence from the extreme far left wing of his party. Like most most so-called Blue Dogs, Nancy Pelousy has him on a tight leash.
      It is amazing that such partisan hacks can come back to their districts every two years and talk about being pro-life, pro gun rights, and oppose gay mariiage but yet rack up one helluva liberal voting record and get away with it.

    7. rdelbov says:

      Davis may not even win the nomination in AL.

      I suspect he will not come close to winning in Nov 2010 if he does.

      Just my two cents

    8. Diogenes says:

      We need to control as much of the redistricting in the sun-belt as possible.

      Hopefully this all stays in Republican hands.

    9. geauxlsu says:

      “Most” southern democrats are very different from their colleagues from CA, NY, CT, etc. They tend to be very conservative, pro-life, and anti gun control. So, it wouldn’t surprise me if a DEM won in any southern state for state offices.

    10. MDefl says:

      Sorry, I don’t see this happening. I am not surprised though that a poll would show a Dem ahead of a GOP candidate at this point in time. We are probably right at the valley of GOP support at this very moment.

      It is an ebb and flow. It will change over time. That does not mean that the GOP will control congress or the white house anytime soon. For that, the GOP needs new, dynamic leaders. The old guard is not cutting it. Let’s be honest.

    11. Michael says:

      A dimo polling firm…what you thought it was going to show the Dim behind?