As expected by Davis supporters, black coalition support for Ron Sparks is beginning to fall in line.
By Phillip Rawls, Associated Press Writer MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The first predominantly black political organization to make an endorsement in Alabama's race for governor rebuffed the black candidate Saturday and endorsed his white opponent.
The Alabama New South Coalition voted overwhelming to support state Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks over U.S. Rep. Artur Davis in the state's Democratic primary on June 1.
New South President Robert Avery of Gadsden said Sparks' chances "went up tremendously" with the endorsement because the organization would support him with get-out-the-vote drives and sample ballots.
In other races, the Alabama New South Coalition endorsed Democratic Lt. Gov. Jim Folsom Jr. for re-election, Democratic Public Service Commission members Jan Cook and Susan Parker for re-election, Mobile attorney Michel Nicrosi for attorney general, Birmingham attorney Jeremy Sherer for state treasurer, Sparks' assistant director of agriculture, Glen Zorn of Florala, for agriculture commissioner, and State Rep. Earl Hilliard Jr. of Birmingham for the 7th Congressional District.