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Alabama Governor - Bentley vs. Sparks


Robert Bentley

Robert Bentley (R)

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Ron Sparks

Ron Sparks (D)

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2010 Key Races:
Senate | AL-2 | AL-5

----------PAST KEY RACES----------

2006: Governor
2004: President

Polling Data

PollDateSampleBentley (R)Sparks (D)Spread
Final Results----57.942.1Bentley +15.8
Press Register10/6 - 10/21777 LV4835Bentley +13
Rasmussen Reports9/21 - 9/21500 LV5535Bentley +20
Rasmussen Reports8/19 - 8/19500 LV5834Bentley +24
Rasmussen Reports7/22 - 7/22500 LV5535Bentley +20
Rasmussen Reports6/3 - 6/3500 LV5637Bentley +19
Rasmussen Reports5/25 - 5/25500 LV4431Bentley +13

Race Analysis

10/9/10 -- With three weeks to go, Bentley is up by twenty points in the polls.  Sparks is a talented politician, but it is difficult to see how he pulls this one off.

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Governor Bob Riley is term-limited after a tumultuous two terms.  State Representative Robert Bentley, a fairly traditional conservative, will face Democratic nominee Ron Sparks.

Sparks, the agriculture commissioner, has long been touted by the Democratic netroots as a potential statewide candidate in Alabama, and in 2006 he was the leading Democrat on the statewide ticket, winning re-election with 59 percent of the vote. A self-described liberal, he trounced 7th District Congressman Artur Davis in the Democratic primary, who had focused on the general election and tried mightily to position himself as a conservative Democrat. As a result, Davis placed himself too far to the right of the primary electorate.

At the end of the day, this is likely going to be a bad year to be running as a Democrat, and we suspect it will be even worse for a self-proclaimed liberal Democrat, especially in Alabama.