June 1st, 2010
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Voters could make history in Tuesday's primaries

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/05/31/art.gov.riley.gi.jpg caption="With Alabama Gov. Bob Riley out of the mix, a slew of candidates are vying for both the Democratic and Republican gubernatorial nominations. "](CNN) - The polls are now open in three states - Alabama, Mississippi, and New Mexico - holding primaries Tuesday, and in one of those states voters could make history.

Rep. Artur Davis faces off against Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks in Alabama's Democratic gubernatorial contest. If the four-term congressman wins Tuesday's primary, he would become the state's first African-American Democratic nominee for governor. If Davis is elected in November, he would make history again, becoming Alabama's first black governor.

Seven candidates are vying to be the GOP gubernatorial nominee. Among the leading contenders are former state community college system chancellor Bradley Byrne, former state Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, and real estate developer Tim James. The son of two-term Gov. Fob James has created a buzz with his tough ads and speeches against illegal immigrants.

Two-term Gov. Bob Riley, a Republican, is prevented from running for re-election.

New Mexico also holds gubernatorial primaries Tuesday. Five candidates are battling for the GOP nomination. The winner will face off in November against Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, who is unopposed in the Democratic primary. Two-term Gov. Bill Richardson, a Democrat, is prevented from running for another term in office.

Mississippi does not hold an election for governor until next year and neither New Mexico or Mississippi have contests for U.S. Senate this year. In Alabama, Republican Sen. Richard Shelby is considered safe as he bids for a fifth term in office.

The GOP primary in Alabama's fifth Congressional district is capturing national attention. Rep. Parker Griffith made national headlines late last year by switching his party affiliation from the Democrats to the GOP. But he now faces primary challenges from two fellow Republicans, who label him a flip flopper for his party swap.

In Mississippi, Angela McGlowan is trying to become the first black Republican member of the House since JC Watts. The conservative political strategist, who was an analyst on Fox News, has been courting Tea Party activists. She and longtime state Sen. Alan Nunnelee are part of a three-way contest for the GOP nomination in Mississippi's first congressional district. The winner will face off in November against Rep. Travis Childers, a conservative Democrat who's held the seat for two years.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Remember the Alamo

    Alabama must not let a Democrat win this position as Govenor of Alabama.

    May 31, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. Doug

    Any politician tied to Obama will surely loose.


    May 31, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. JonDie

    I realize that New Mexico doesn't count for much on the national stage. But since this column is supposedly about making histyory, you might have mentioned that if Susana Martinez wins the GOP nomination, NM will have its first woman governor since the Democratic candidate is Diane Denish. But CNN once again fails.

    May 31, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  4. Chris

    Not going to happen in the racist state of Alabama.

    May 31, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. DENNA

    If America wants to survive, you really need to vote in Democrats. Republicans have shown such hatred, evil disgust for our President, do you really want to give these people the keys to the country? The Tea Party Racists in this country are hellbent on destroying America. Yes you are racist, which if clearly shown in your support of Rand Paul and Caribou Barbie. Their take seems to be that if the Rethugs aren't ruling this country (and I use the term ruling loosely) the the entire country should up in flames.

    May 31, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. AJ

    The brain-dead comments from the first two notwithstanding, whoever emerges from the crowded GOP field will be the likely governor.

    May 31, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  7. E. Elliott

    Doug could not be more wrong. The last administration destroyed this nation. It will take 20 yhears of tough minded moderate leadership to get us to the place we were before Regean slept thru his 2 terms. Creating monsterous debt, military build up and giving tax cuts to cronies was established as the GOP plan and so it remains today. Obama has flaws to be sure, immigration for example. But he is a god send.

    May 31, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. Jeremy-Dallas-Texas

    I don't know what you describe as "disgrace" but clearly President Obama has done better than the past 2 Republican presidents so far. I am Texan just as Bush is and truth be told. Obama has performed better so far than reckless Bush. Remember we are still recovering from the hole he left us into both domestically and International.

    May 31, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. No goes

    I read how democrats and Obama is a disgrace but never see how they come to their conclusion. Does that mean they are a disgrace compared to the previous 8 years or just the last 2? I'm a little confused; if they are so bad, why were they elected overwhelmingly?

    May 31, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |

    Denna doesn't understand. She thinks Obama is the messiah who
    can work miracles. Sadly for you, Denna. He's just as mortal as we
    all are. We need someone in there who can fix our economy. A
    president who doesn't operate in the dark on healthcare, on oil spills,
    on Gays in the military. We need a president who doesn't try to offer a
    bribe to a candidate to drop out of a race for Senator. A president who
    doesn't offer amnesty to cheaters who stole their way into this great
    country. A president who doesn't make racist remarks about "stupid
    white cops."

    In other words, a president who gets it. Sad to say, Denna; your guy
    Barack isn't that kind of president.

    May 31, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. Ross

    Your kidding me right? Democrats must continue to destroy this nation. I don't think so. Time to give Washington a colon cleansing, including the presidency.

    May 31, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  12. Dean

    Denna – just what is racist about supporting Palin? Your name of Caribou Barbie for her shows nothing but hate wish is as bad or worse than racism.
    And for your information, calling for a return to the Constitutionof the U. S. is not wanting to destroy this country.

    May 31, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |