*Representative Artur Davis of Alabama, who sidestepped the state’s black political leadership in hopes of building a diverse coalition of voters in his campaign for governor, was rejected on Tuesday by Democratic primary voters, with the state agriculture commissioner, Ron Sparks, seizing a decisive victory.
Sparks, who is white, won endorsements from the state’s four major black political groups, while Mr. Davis intentionally declined to seek their support.
But his strategy of appealing to moderate voters fell short, ending his quest to become the state’s first black governor 47 years after George Wallace stood in the Alabama capitol and proclaimed “segregation forever.”
The voters of Alabama joined those in Mississippi and New Mexico on Tuesday in selecting their party’s nominees for House and Senate races. But the marquee contests were races for governor. With 58 percent of electoral precincts reporting, Mr. Sparks led Mr. Davis 65 percent to 35 percent.
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